December 4, 2011 – Sunday dawned grey and windy, but nothing that a sweatshirt couldn’t fix. Our first stop was a little park by a power plant for a quick walk through the woods by the Chattahoochee River. We liked getting up into the hills, with the trees and singing birds. 🙂
Afterward we continued on to Stone Mountain. There is an aerial tram ride to the top, but we wanted to walk it. It’s a pretty trail, and fairly easy – although there is one ridiculously steep section near the top (I think the slope was about 30 degrees for a bit). Other than that, though, it’s a quick hike. Plus there’s some pretty graffitti from the 1800s…. you know, back when rock carvings were well done (and people took pride in their work – but I digress). Social commentary aside, there’s also a nice breeze, good views (even if it’s a bit cloudy/hazy), and a restroom awaiting you at the summit.
Once the hike down was over we drove around the mountain (note: it’s a one way road, folks, and no, the fact that you’re only going one way doesn’t mean you get to choose the direction!) to check out the Civil War memorial carving. The carving is well done, though it’s dwarfed by the size of the giant granite rock (i.e. Stone Mountain) itself. Compared to Mt. Rushmore, it’s definitely nice, but a bit underwhelming.