Great turn out, as usual, to Caffeine and Octane’s monthly event held the first Sunday of every month.
I tried this Sunday to go in an interview all the First Generation Camaro owners for a quick video. I was only able to do 1 while 1 other declined and then I gave up. I will try again at a later event.
During Quarantine we visited numerous State Parks that were usually a couple of hours away. We left the closest State Park for last, even though we do have a several more further parks to visit.
Stone Mountain is locating 20 minutes from where we live.
The mountain is the world’s largest single piece of exposed granite. It weighs over a trillion pounds and covers 583 acres. Only about a third of it is visible. It was formed completely underground and has been uncovered over millions of years of erosion. You can see over forty miles from the summit in clear weather.
The carving is the largest bas relief (high relief) sculpture in the world. Robert E. Lee is as tall as a nine-story building. Jefferson Davis‘ thumb is the size of a sofa. Three sculptors worked on the carving. The first and most famous, Gutzon Borglum, went on to create Mt. Rushmore. None of his work remains on Stone Mountain. It was done at a much larger scale than the existing carving.
The quarries had workers from England, Scotland, Wales, Norway, Sweden, and Italy. Stone from the quarries was used in construction around the world. It can be found at the Georgia Capital, the U.S. Capital, Fort Knox, and the Panama Canal. Frank Lloyd Wright used it to build the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, one of the few buildings to survive Japan’s 1923 earthquake.
The covered bridge was built in 1892 to cross the North Oconee River in Athens, Georgia.
The Songbird Habitat was the site for the archery and cycling competition for the 1996 Olympics.
The Pandemic is full on and after things started to open up I had first time I knew someone who contracted the virus. Out of fear and insecurity I wanted to make sure I had not contracted it as well even though I had no symptoms.
The mind and imagination is powerful enough to make you question yourself at times. This is my video of getting the test. Luckily I tested negative.
From the main parking area we went to the overlook then followed the West Rim Loop Trail, Yellow, down to the Waterfalls Trail, Brown, which lead us to the Sitton’s Gulch Trail, Blue path.
Along the way the views up top are spectacular overlooking 2 large waterfalls. Then along the waterfalls trail we snugged the canyon wall which lead us down metal stairs to the Sitton’s Gulch Trail that hugs the waterfall river which has many places to stop for phenamal views of nature.
Our hike took us 6.49 miles with a time of 3.5 miles and many elevation changes.