A Day at Stone Mountain August 2010

After nearly 11 years of living here (16 for Heath) we finally made it to Stone Mountain Park. We didn’t do nearly everything, but it was a very busy day. They have a ropes course called Sky Hike that they’ve been advertising on TV a lot and Katy really wanted to do that. We waited in line an hour to try to fall to our deaths. It was three levels, but you can only see two here as the third level isn’t as long and only goes around the back half. Heath, Katy, Lee and Chip all did the second level and I did the first one. I made it about a third of the way around and came down the emergency stair case. Katy did really well, though. There was one section where she got scared and started crying but an employee talked her through it. When she and Heath finished the second level, they did the first one. It’s a whole lot scarier looking down than it is looking up. And Lee told Katy if she can do that she has no excuse for being scared to swim.

We also had a picnic, took the train around the park, rode the cable car to the top of the mountain and back, visited a museum, ate in a restaurant (Miss Katie’s, we recommend it) and stayed for the laser show. The cable car ride was really neat. Our operator was from Africa and really interesting. He said on one trip up a little boy looked at the carving and said “Look Mommy, it’s Jesus!” He said “That’s not Jesus, Jesus rode a donkey, not a horse”. And when the car started to swing he had us all sing “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”. Here’s the carving on the mountain. It’s the largest bas relief carving (even bigger than Mount Rushmore) until they finish the statue of Crazy Horse.

And to give you a sense of scale, this is Katy standing in the horse’s mouth. In the museum they have a few life-size replicas of sections of the carving.

Katy and Chip at the top of the mountain

Two cable cars up and down the mountain. You can also walk but it’s a 1 1/4 mile hike one way after you make the hike either to or from the trail entrance (depending on whether you ride up and walk down or walk up and ride down).

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