Stone Mountain Park and Dillard, Georgia

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Matt and Charlie racing up the mountain...Matt won!!

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.

Robert E. Lee carving
  The have a train that runs around the base of the mountain.

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.

Stone Mountain Park is located about 20 miles east of Atlanta.   www.

stonemountainpark.com

 

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.

Bluegrass music, this kid could play the banjo!!
..then it was all quiet till morning.

 

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.

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Matt and Charlie racing up the mou…
Matt and Charlie racing up the mo…
Robert E. Lee carving
Robert E. Lee carving
Front porch
Front porch
Bluegrass music, this kid could pl…
Bluegrass music, this kid could p…
Brian and Theresa
Brian and Theresa
Angela, Brian, Theresa, and Charlie
Angela, Brian, Theresa, and Charlie
Matt
Matt
Matt
Matt
Me
Me
Matt
Matt
Theresa
Theresa
An awesome view
An awesome view
Rest time in the shade
Rest time in the shade
Rest time in the shade
Rest time in the shade
Charlie
Charlie
Me
Me
You can walk up or take the tram
You can walk up or take the tram
You can walk up or take the tram
You can walk up or take the tram
Matt
Matt
Me
Me
Angela and Matt
Angela and Matt
Leaving the station heading down t…
Leaving the station heading down …
Angela and Me
Angela and Me
Leaving the station heading down t…
Leaving the station heading down …
Looking at the left of the pic you…
Looking at the left of the pic yo…
Robert E. Lee carving
Robert E. Lee carving
Looking back up
Looking back up
Matt
Matt
Our cabin in Dillard, Georgia
Our cabin in Dillard, Georgia
Our cabin in Dillard, Georgia
Our cabin in Dillard, Georgia
Theresa and Brian
Theresa and Brian
Our cabin in Dillard, Georgia
Our cabin in Dillard, Georgia
Charlie up in the loft
Charlie up in the loft
Our cabin in Dillard, Georgia
Our cabin in Dillard, Georgia
Our cabin in Dillard, Georgia
Our cabin in Dillard, Georgia
Our cabin in Dillard, Georgia
Our cabin in Dillard, Georgia
Side porch
Side porch
Front porch
Front porch
Side porch
Side porch
Front porch
Front porch
Front porch
Front porch
Our cabin in Dillard, Georgia
Our cabin in Dillard, Georgia
Our cabin in Dillard, Georgia
Our cabin in Dillard, Georgia
Front view
Front view
My jeep
My jeep
I thought this dealership name wa …
I thought this dealership name wa…
Dillard farm
Dillard farm
Dillard farm
Dillard farm
Dillard farm
Dillard farm
Dillard farm
Dillard farm
Dillard farm
Dillard farm
Dillard farm
Dillard farm
What a tounge
What a tounge
Dillard farm
Dillard farm
Crazy goat
Crazy goat
The sheep seemed to like it
The sheep seemed to like it
Hang on tight
Hang on tight
My name is Mister Ed
My name is Mister Ed
Beautiful shot
Beautiful shot
Dillard House grounds
Dillard House grounds
Dillard House grounds
Dillard House grounds
Dillard House grounds
Dillard House grounds
They had a Bluegrass Festival goin…
They had a Bluegrass Festival goi…
Bluegrass music
Bluegrass music
Bluegrass music
Bluegrass music
Bluegrass music
Bluegrass music
Bluegrass music
Bluegrass music
Bluegrass music
Bluegrass music
Bluegrass music
Bluegrass music
BBQ pork, baked beans, cole slaw, …
BBQ pork, baked beans, cole slaw,…
Charlie, Matt, and Angela
Charlie, Matt, and Angela
Charlie and Matt
Charlie and Matt
Charlie and Matt
Charlie and Matt
Dillard House
Dillard House
Dillard House
Dillard House
Beautiful view
Beautiful view
Inside Dillard House
Inside Dillard House
Inside Dillard House
Inside Dillard House
Inside Dillard House, they serve s…
Inside Dillard House, they serve …
This was a cool cat, he was hangin…
This was a cool cat, he was hangi…
Resting out front after a good meal
Resting out front after a good meal
Here Kitty kitty kitty
Here Kitty kitty kitty
LOL
LOL
Stone Mountain
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