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The Many Faces of Stone Mountain -- Feb 19 thru 22, 2014


Finding a campground isn't always simple when you want to be near family.  When we checked our various campground books for the Atlanta area, the options didn't look so good... except for Stone Mountain. We'd never been here and didn't know what to expect, but the fact that it was close to Jimmy's family cinched it for us.  We booked five nights (Wed - Sun) at a reasonable (off-season) rate.  We are really delighted with our choice -- this is a beautiful area, it's within minutes of his family, and we practically have the c/g to ourselves.

The mountain is advertised as the world's largest exposed granite monolith, but Wikipedia says it's quartz monzonite dome monadnock.  Dunno what that is.  To us it's an anomaly, and reminded us very much of Devil's Tower in Wyoming.  We are camped with a bird's eye view of it, and seeing it's various faces each day, morning and night, is fascinating.  It draws me outside with my point 'n shoot camera.


Our first morning here the mountain was shrouded in mist and fog.  I took this picture as it dissipated.


Saturday morning I watched the sunrise illuminate the mountain. 


And then the mountain turned to gold.  These are unretouched photos!


This is where we're comfortably sitting.  A noisy, fast-moving thunderstorm moved thru in the wee small hours Friday morning, the temperature dropped, and the sky remained gray most of that day. 


This small dock over Stone Mountain Lake gives us great access to feeding fishies, ducks and geese.


When the temperature skyrocketed to 50° on Saturday, we suited up for a bike ride around the mountain.  Jimmy's Mom was hoping to ride the train (that goes 'round the mountain), but it isn't in service till spring break. 


It wasn't too long ago that this area was covered in ice and snow, and look at these trees!  It's a 6-mile hilly ride around the mountain, made longer by checking out other trails and attractions.  Tomorrow we're talking about climbing to the top!


This is the largest bas relief sculpture in the world.  The Confederate Memorial Carving depicts three Confederate leaders of the Civil War, President Jeff Davis, Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (and their horses).  The entire carved surface measures 3 acres, about the size of two and a quarter football fields. The carving of the three men towers 400 feet above the ground, measures 90 by 190 feet, and is recessed 42 feet into the mountain. The deepest point of the carving is at Lee's elbow, which is 12 feet to the mountain's surface. (thanx, Wikipedia)  It was too far away to really see, but overall it looks small compared to the entire mountain.


Cool covered bridge -- part of Stone Mountain Park.


Smartie didn't weigh enough to collapse the bridge!  Whew!


Me and some of my friends....


Stone Mountain at dusk.  There's a bit of a rainbow near its top right.
The two posts are part of the sky ride. 


What a lovely place to spend some time....  I'll post family photos next time.

4 comments:

  1. Very interesting. I'd never heard of stone mountain before. And that tree is just gorgeous! How nice of you to wear a matching sweatshirt. ;)

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  2. Judy, that is just how my color-coordinated sister rolls! HAHAHAHA!

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  3. What a beautiful place. I think I have heard some others mention this area and hope that we might get there sometime. Not sure about this trip, but who knows. We are going to go back via Fort Pickens in Pensacola after kayaking for several days in Alexander and Blue Springs. So nice to see you two on a great trip.

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  4. I was reminded of Stone Mountain by a mural at one of the military bases we stayed at last year. Had no idea it was that big. Something to see when we someday return East.

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