Stone Mountain and Improv

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Close up of some flower

Once again I found myself back in Atlanta after working in Tennessee.  This visit was spent much the same as the others - visit with my sister and brother-in-law and walking.  My sister and I started in Grant Park in downtown Atlanta.  This large park is home to the Atlanta Zoo, which we did not go to.  Two reasons:  1) I had just been to a zoo a few weeks prior, and 2) it was spring break in Atlanta and the zoo was packed!!!  We had to park on the street on the extreme opposite end of the zoo, which was just as well since we were there to walk. 

The park didn't have much for trails - mostly paved roads that aren't open to traffic.  The flowers were blooming and street musicians performing.

Close up of some other flowers
  Most of the playground equipment was getting heavy use from the kids, but we found some swings that weren't being used.  I asked half-heartedly if we should swing, not expecting a yes.  And it was more than a yes!  It was a take off and run to the swings and see who can get higher faster!  Yay!  I should have known my sister better.  Of course she would want to swing!  Sisters share things like that.  We share a love for swings, string cheese, walking, and beer. 

Later on, the next day actually, we went out to Stone Mountain.  I was last here in January and they just had a few inches of snow and most of the park was actually closed.

Pond in Grant Park (Atlanta)
  Besides, who wants to climb up a big slippery rock when it is cold and windy?  But today was gorgeous.  It seems we made it to the top faster than we did the first time, but what a surprise at the top!  It was pretty windy and all the little sand grains from the top were whipping around and pelting everyone.  I felt like I was being sandblasted.  We sat partway down the hill, a little out of the wind, and just people watched and cloud watched.  It was nice and relaxing.  At the bottom I decided I wanted to send a postcard our cousin, so we went in to the zoo of humanity down there.  I felt really out of place.  Here we were both sweaty and in sweats walking around a bunch of nicely dressed tourists that just stepped out of the air conditioning.
Walking through Grant Park (Atlanta)
  But I got over it.  We went pretty fast through the little "historic" village that was really just a bunch of tourist shops. Maybe someday we'll actually pay to do stuff like the skyride or train or boats.  But not today.  There was actually a big monster truck there giving people rides.  Crazy. 

So after our climb and shopping spree (I also bought my mom a spoon for her collection), we went home and retired to a little bit of guitar hero and a nap.  That night we went to the Whole World Improv Theatre (see review).  It was hilarious!  I love improv!  We each got a few drinks and sat on couches waiting to get in.  Actors came around asking for suggestions for various aspects of the show (famous people, dialects, tv shows, etc) and some of those were used during the performance.
Who can resist the swings?
  The show took lots of suggestions from the audience right before each sketch and it was fun to see how it all came together.  I laughed so hard!  Of course, things do get funnier the more you drink...

Oh, and before we got to the Improv, a huge thunderstorm hit and it poured like crazy.  We stopped for gas, and noticed the roads were flooded with a few inches of water.  As we were leaving, we experienced a bit of city crime.  A car pulled in with the driver holding on to the passenger around the neck.  The passenger had the door open and was stuggling to get out before the car even stopped (it would have hit us if it hadn't stopped).  The guy fell out and started running, the driver followed with a gun.  Scary!  I just wanted to get out of there, but we couldn't.  The traffic was really bad (as in driving really slow) in the rain and we couldn't pull out.  Last I saw, they were both getting into the car and no shots had been fired.  Scary! 

Lord_Mike says:
I was reading these entries, as if this all was happening THIS YEAR. Silly Lord Mike!!!
Posted on: Apr 07, 2009
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Close up of some flower
Close up of some flower
Close up of some other flowers
Close up of some other flowers
Pond in Grant Park (Atlanta)
Pond in Grant Park (Atlanta)
Walking through Grant Park (Atlant…
Walking through Grant Park (Atlan…
Who can resist the swings?
Who can resist the swings?
My sister conquered Stone Mountain…
My sister conquered Stone Mountai…
Skyride heading over the edge
Skyride heading over the edge
Boat tours on the lake
Boat tours on the lake
The little village area
The little village area
Two cable cars meet in midair
Two cable cars meet in midair
Clouds
Clouds
Stone Mountain looms over the the…
Stone Mountain looms over the "th…
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