After one day of driving and a day of church we were ready for a day of playing before the second day of driving, and we had a great time exploring Stone Mountain. We didn’t have a great time finding the correct parking lot (the GPS sent us to a side entrance, not the main entrance, and the signs weren’t terribly clear), but once we got started on our hike up the mountain we had a great time.
Hiking to the top of the mountain is a pretty straight-forward one mile path, and since we took it at a two-year-old’s speed, it didn’t really require any exertion at all.
I enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with my mom, but was also grateful for Brad’s strength and patience, since when you’re 75, maybe a two-year-old’s speed is still a bit too fast.
Brooke found just about every single puddle and enjoyed splashing in them. Because it had rained overnight, there were quite a few! It was also cloudy and overcast for our hike that morning, but that was nice because if the sun had been shining, it would have been hot. There’s not a lot of shade to be found on a large granite rock.
The hike was not wheelchair compatible, so a few of our family members rode the tram to the top.
We arrived about the same time and enjoyed the view together, then they rode back down, along with my mom and the little girls.
I’m always intrigued when I find things growing in the crevices of rocks. I’m sure there’s a good gospel lesson there.
As you can imagine, it didn’t take us nearly as long to return to the car.
After exploring a bit at the bottom of the hill, and watching a short movie explaining the carving process, we drove to the playground area to have a picnic lunch.
That was the end of Stone Mountain, but it wasn’t the end of our fun day! Brooke got to go on her special ice cream date with Grandpa. You can guess how she felt about that.
The rest of us had fun with Robyn’s toys.
And then it was time for an early-birthday dinner, complete with a cake that reminded me of the ones my mom made for me growing up.
One last story –
And one last picture taking session before leaving!
Thanks for helping us create some wonderful memories!