Friday, May 17, 2013

Postcards from the Road ~ Stone Mountain, Georgia

Yesterday, Cloud Nine pulled into Stone Mountain Park Campground, along the banks of Stone Mountain Lake, in Stone Mountain, Georgia, about 25 miles from Atlanta. This has to be one of the most beautiful, peaceful campgrounds we’ve ever encountered. It’s more like a state park, but on a grander scale. 

Our stay here will be brief, but memorable. We plan to attend a Braves game tonight (checking off another MLB park from The Man's list), then leave here tomorrow morning, Lord willing.


After we got set up yesterday, we put on our adventure shoes and explored the peak of Stone Mountain. We decided not to join the climbers (as in I would have needed oxygen to get to the top), but took the easy way up and down, via tram. It felt like you were sitting on top of the world. The views are amazing! If you look closely, you can see Atlanta in the background.



One side of Stone Mountain has fabulous carvings of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis. The grounds all around are immaculate.

There are plenty of family activities in this area, and if you're looking for a place to take the kiddos camping, I highly recommend Stone Mountain Park.

Until next time, sweet friends, keep on trucking.

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27 comments:

  1. That looks like a very peaceful area. Enjoy. I actually thought of you today when we passed 2 camping palaces like yours. I wondered where you'd post from next. :)

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  2. How amazing! I've never been but I've seen pics of it. It seems more real seeing YOUR photos! Enjoy your weekend! WOW!

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  3. Why haven't I heard of this magnificent park?
    This is the beauty of blogging...going on camping trips that I would never been able to do, much less heard of.
    Thank you for taking us along. I am enjoying the beauty.

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    1. Don't feel bad, Christine, I'd not heard of it either. It is beautiful.

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  4. So beautiful!!! Have a GREAT and relaxing time!!!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  5. Ohhhhhh, that looked like a great place, Dayle. Loved it. I wouldn't have hiked up, either. ha ha Susan

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    1. It's 1,686-feet elevation. :) If we go back, we may hike down, but the up would about kill me.

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  6. I love your pictures of that beautiful place. I so want to camp there. We do primitive camping. Did they have those sites there, too?

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  7. I wondered if you would go see Stone Mountain. It's pretty lovely from the top, isn't it? Believe it or not, I have actually been a climber. I'm afraid of cable cars so when my students asked if I would hike it instead one time, I agree.

    Still gasping after all these years. Ha~

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    1. I'm impressed, Debbie. We have something called "Enchanted Rock" back home in the Hill Country and it's on a much smaller scale than Stone Mountain. I got halfway up it one year (maybe 15 years ago) and had to wait in the shade of a tree until the rest of the family reached the top and came back for me. Out Of Breath!

      I'm not a big fan of trams and cable cars either, but this one is over with in three minutes, so it was fine. Just look up, no down. :)

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    2. And ... P.S. ... thanks for the blog mention on your lovely Sunday post. That was a great post and I'm sorry I couldn't comment on it. :(

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  8. Dayle,

    I too have seen the beauty of Stone Mountain many years ago. We had a family get-together there for a July 4th weekend many years ago. Have you seen the laser light show they project the face of the mountain during the summer? It is amazing! I too, rode the tram to the top and it was almost like walking on what I would imagine walking on the moon might be like (I'm pretty sure the moon is quite different, entirely) but it was fun to imagine it! Our visit there was also one of the scariest moments I ever faced as a mother. When they perform the light show, the grounds all over the park are completely covered with people...tens of thousands of people in lawn chairs or sitting on blankets almost shoulder to shoulder. My then teenaged son went to go use the restroom while it was still light and becasue there was a long line, had to wait a while...and it got DARK. He got lost in the sea of people and couldn't find his way to us. I don't know how long he was gone, but it seemed like an eternity and every thought runs through your head. Did someone abduct him? Will I ever see my baby again? After alerting the park staff they paged him and sent people to look for him. Well, I thank my Heavenly Father that one of his older cousins found him and brought him back! I will always remember Stone Mountain, you can be sure of that! Looking forward to following you on your next journey!

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    1. Oh, Debbie ... what a horrifying experience as a mother. I have a similar one when my daughter was small, but only for a couple of minutes. I can't imagine your anxiety. Thank God your son was OK.

      We would love to see the laser light show but it doesn't start until Memorial Day weekend, so we missed it this time.

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  9. That campfire must have been a treat!

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    1. Campfires are great. We regretted we didn't have marshmallows, though, for making s'mores. We had everything but that.

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  10. Wow! The carving in the mountainside is so beautiful! And so is your RV! What a way to travel the country & see all God's awesome creation. I'm a first-time visitor & I'm looking forward to looking around your blog.

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    1. Thank you so much, Angela! Great to have you here. Hope you'll stick around.

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  11. Y'all are making wonderful memories!!!
    You're about 45 minutes from us....we're in Athens, GA.

    We love Stone Mtn. Park.....looking forward to following along on your adventure, Dayle!

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    1. Thank you, Tara! We actually breezed through Athens somewhere along the way. We're fixing to head toward home, Lord willing. It's been a great trip.

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  12. Oh I have been there before...but it has been years. Thanks for sharing, it truly is beautiful!

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  13. Glad that you made it to Stone Mountain!! It is lovely over there and a fun adventure.

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