We really couldn’t scratch Georgia off of our Lower 48 in 48 list without visiting Atlanta, so our last stop in the Peach State was a mobile home and trailer park in an east side hood of Atlanta. The place was clean, the location was convenient, and the rent was about $20 per night. Our reservation was only for one week, and we planned to be busy seeing things in the center of town during out stay, so it worked out just fine.
The Atlanta Symphony hosts an early evening mini-concert on Friday nights. It was the perfect excuse for a date night.
There was not much to look at in our trailer park in the ‘hood, but our front window faced directly west and we had a good show each night as dusk approached.
The tulips were just past their peak when we visited The Botanical Gardens.
I was in LOVE with the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Dale Chihuly sculpture inside the fountain at the center of a tulip display. Every time I drag Mike on a daytrip to a fancy garden, he always asks if he gets credit for being on a ‘date’.
The surprise of the trip was Stone Mountain, Georgia. We ended up visiting 3 or 4 times during our time in Atlanta. It was the whole package: hiking, fishing, golfing, restaurants and more attractions too numerous to list.
Stone Mountain sits 1,686 feet above the surrounding area, and it measures a 5-mile circumference at its base. We completed the circle with the dogs one beautiful afternoon.
Mike and I took the tram to the top of the mountain one afternoon after he played golf.
We drove over to Athens on a Saturday and stumbled upon their annual International Festival.
A view of Stone Mountain and the lake from inside the tram.
There are two 18-hole golf courses at Stone Mountain. Mike got a tee time one morning, so I rode along with him for the first nine. Then the dogs and I took a long walk over to the campground area while he finished the second nine. In retrospect, Stone Mountain would have been a great place to camp during out stay near Atlanta. They had a large campground with full hook-ups available, but we didn’t know anything about the place when we were looking for campgrounds in the area.
Mike took this picture of a giant metal butterfly while we were lost in the children’s section of the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
The carving on the side of Stone Mountain is the largest bas relief sculpture in the world. It features three leaders of the Confederate States of America: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis. The entire carved surface measures 3 -acres, and is 400- feet above ground. The measurements are 90′ x 190′ and it is recessed 42- feet into the mountain.
A semi-clear view of the land below Stone Mountain.
Mike enjoyed the flowers on our ‘date’, and even snapped some shots himself. I told him I appreciated him coming with me on the daytrip, even though the attraction wouldn’t have been his first choice. He told me it was better than sitting on the couch home alone. Such the romantic one that I married.
I swear this blimp was following us during the first part of our week in Atlanta. It was hovering over Stone Mountain when we took the dogs to walk around its base. Then the next day it was hovering over the Atlanta Botanical Gardens as we strolled along the grounds. On the third day of our stop we went back to Stone Mountain for golfing, and there it was again. We think the pilots were practicing before the Masters Tournament in Augusta started on the upcoming weekend.
The orchid display at Atlanta Botanical Gardens was amazing.