We awoke In Mississippi and got through Alabama and into Georgia. I was beginning to feel a little down that the trip was nearly over but Cathy had yet another surprise stop off, and it was called Stone Mountain.
Some History about Stone Mountain:
The Confederate Memorial Carving on Stone Mountain, Ga., depicts Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson in relief. The Confederate Memorial Carving on Stone Mountain, Ga., depicts Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson in relief.
In 1822, the area that now makes up the city of Stone Mountain was made a part of the newly formed DeKalb County. A post office was created in 1834 on the old Augusta Road, and Andrew Johnson built a hotel along the road in 1836. At around the same time, Aaron Cloud built an observation tower at the summit of the mountain. Visitors to the mountain would travel to the area by rail and road, and then hike up the 1.1-mile (1.8 km) mountaintop trail to the top, where Cloud also had a restaurant and club.
By 1839, a general store was added, and a village was established under the name New Gibraltar. The name was officially changed to Stone Mountain by the Georgia legislature in 1847. The town is named for nearby Stone Mountain. During the Civil War, Stone Mountain village was destroyed by men under the command of General James B. McPherson on July 19, 1864.
My hip wouldn’t let me walk up so we took the easy way to the top.
Once at the top you walk all over the Stone Mountain.
Cathy, taking in the view..
How thoughtful.. they put a fence up so you don’t go a bit too far!
The scenery seems to go on forever.
How wondrous that trees can grow right out of a stone!
When you walk down… then you must walk back up…ugh.
Back down off of the Rock…. we took a train ride! Circling Stone Mountain and through some wonderful trees!
We topped our last day of our truo on a high note when we went to dinner at Bahama Breeze.
Great company, great food (Cathy had Paella and I had Jamacian Jerk Chicken Pasta) … and we toasted our great Adventure with a Margarita!!
Our adventure lasted 12 days and we went through 13 states!
Florida .. Alabama.. Mississippi..Louisiana.. Texas.. New Mexico.. Arizona.. Utah..Colorado.. Oklahoma.. Arkansas.. Tennessee.. Georgia
12 days that I won’t forget any time soon! I don’t even know how to begin to thank Cathy for taking me along. For the memories she helped make for me. And for the friendship she has given me……
“It truly was an unexpected journey!”