Stone Mountain Park and Dillard, Georgia
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All of us have been here before except Theresa and Brian. We look forward to walking up the backside of the mountain. It was a nice day today with a nice breeze. It made the walk up not so bad. Before you start hit the bathrooms and get some H20. Pace yourself!! It starts of with a small incline and increases as you climb. There is plenty of places along the way to stop in the shade and rest. At the half way point there is a large shelter with seats to rest. There is no food or water until you reach the summit. When you reach the top you get a great views all the way around the mountain. There is a gift shop, restrooms, cafe. If you do not want to walk down ther is a tram that can carry you back to the bottom. The tram can hold up to 80 people. During the summer months there is a Laser Light Show on the weekends.
The largest low relief sculpture in the world, the Confederate Memorial Carving depicts three Confederate leaders of the Civil War, President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. The entire carved surface measures three acres, about the size of three football fields. The carving of the three men towers 400 feet above the ground, measures 90 by 190 feet, and is recessed 42 feet into the mountain. The deepest point of the carving is at Lee's elbow, which is 12 feet to the mountain's surface.
We left Stone Mountain and headed on up to Dillard, Georgia. We are staying a couple nights here in a cabin. Tomorrow is our whitewater rafting trip.
We got into Dillard around 4:00pm. We checked in at the Dillard House and had a 2 mile drive to the cabin. The Cabin was secluded and quiet. It had a nice porch with rocking chairs. Inside it had a small kitchen with an stove and fridge. A nice livingroom and diningroom. It had a master bedroom with a jacuzzi and sleeper sofa, a bedroom off from the kitchen and a loft with a bed. Plenty of room for all of us.
The noise that came from the woods at night was loud. Every bug had something to say for a while.
After we settled in we headed over to the 12th Annual Bluegrass and BBQ Festival. I'm not a bluegrass lover, but you could not help but love the music. This kid on the banjo wa fantastic and the old man on the fiddle was rockin. The BBQ was the best I have had in a long time. We all had a plate of pork, cole slaw, beans, and sweet tea..$5.00!!! It was delicious. Everyone was very friendly and polite. They took the time to talk with you and to say hello. When you drive around up here people wave at you and say hello. It's nice to feel welcome.
We then headed over to the petting zoo. What a hoot. This goat climbed up on the back of the lamb. The lamb seemed to like it. Such a funny thing to see. Cows, horses, lamb, goats, chickens, lama, and a donkey.