Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Stone Mountain - the South's Mt Rushmore

We went to Stone Mountain in Georgia. On the side there are three men carved on the mountain, just like Mt. Rushmore.

The Memorial Carving depicts three Confederate heroes of the Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee and Lt. General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. We didn't talk about them with the kids. They were just some random men on the side of a mountain.

We rode a gondola up and walked down the mountain. It was a lovely albeit steep hike down. The kids flew down and fortunately Amazing Guy kept up with them. It allowed me a more leisurely walk down with my beloved Uncle who we were visiting while in Georgia.

There were carvings all the way down the mountain. Some recent, some very old. Some incredibly detailed and others just scratched on. It was fascinating to see the comments on the stone.

It was a lovely day. Full of views, sun and charming conversation. My uncle was full of stories of hiking the mountain with his Boy Scout troops, climbing up the mountain as a high school student to drink beer and various points of history he has learned through the years.

A lovely way to spend a day.


Goofball said...

you always give me new things to look up and learn...I didn't know there had been a confederalist president etc! Interesting

Jami said...

In all the times I've been to Atlanta and Georgia, I did manage to get to Stone Mountain once. It's pretty and interesting, but I liked the Atlanta Botanical Gardens better.