During our trip to Atlanta, we spent a day at Stone Mountain...which just happens to be the largest exposed mass of Granite in the world. It's also the home to the largest bas-relief carving in the world, which depicts Confederate leaders Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis, and spans a distance of 3 acres on the North side of the mountain. Stone Mountain, Georgia was mentioned in MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech, and the parts of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games were held there.
We went for a fun ride on the Duck....an amphibious WWII vehicle that started out by barreling down the road, and then drove straight into Stone Mountain Lake for a dip. Our funny maritime captain led us on an adventure tour of Stone Mountain, narrating historical information and leading us in sing-a-longs. When we boarded the Duck, we were all given "quackers", which we obviously blew at every opportune time. Hudson had a blast, and he even got a chance to show off his brave demeanor when the captain asked if there were any young people that wanted to drive. Hudson marched his tiny little self to the front of the vessel, sat down, and started steering through the lake like he had done it a million times. The captain looked at him and said, "You've done this before haven't you?" I hope Hudson always keeps his fearless spirit.
One of Hudson's most favorite movies is Rio, so when we saw that Stone Mountain Park featured a Birds of RIO show, we knew he would be ecstatic. And, boy, were we right. From the minute we walked into the Arena, Hudson was dancing along to the Brazilian music and smiling like crazy. We found a spot on the front row, and he could barely stay in his seat when the birds came out...he was so excited. At the end of the show, the nice girl that led the production asked all the kids to form a Congo line, and of course, Hudson was leading the way. Birds and dancing?! He was in heaven! Before we left, Hudson got to cradle the star of the show in his little arms...how's that for a fun memory?
The Summit Skyride is a high speed ride in a Swiss cable car, that offers stunning views of the carving while traveling more than 825 feet above ground to Stone Mountain summit. From the top, you can see views up to 60 miles away. It's pretty windy up there, and very barren, since it's really just a huge hunk of rock...but it's still lovely to stand up there and look down on the world.
Before we left, Hudson picked out the most perfect "slithering snnnnake" to take with us as a souveneir. This little guy LOVES snakes. Let's hope his infatuation sticks to the stuffed variety.
Our time at Stone Mountain was packed full of great things...
another day of wonderful summer fun!
p.s. this wasn't our first journey to Stone Mountain--Will and I visited there in 2007....we look so young!!