like it’s golden

I visited Stone Mountain Park for the first time last week. If you’re passing thru Atlanta or its many suburbs and you enjoy nature beyond The Discovery Channel, hiking/walking and beautiful views, I’d say give it a gander.

Thanks to Josie over at Mind Jo Business for re-sparking my interest in taking this trip! I will be going back since it took less than an hour to get there. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and seeing the sunset from such heights made it extra special. The mile-long hike made me feel like beast! Aaaannd the sore legs the morning after were so worth it.

 Trips don’t always include passports,  pricey hotels or touchy airport TSA; sometimes all you need is a Google search, maybe $20, a snack bag and some free time. Hope you all are exploring and getting outdoors as much as possible.

[P.S. This park is also famous for some nonsense as it still has confederate soldiers carved into the mountain and a confederate flag flying high near the start of the walk-up hike. But we can remove symbols all day, right? That won’t change the hate this nation was built on and perpetuates. That won’t change the hate in people’s hearts [or area where their hearts used to/should be]. But besides those two things, it’s a beautiful park. End rant.]

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26 comments

  1. Monic · March 15, 2016

    Wow! this post is right on time! The Universe is clearly speaking. I will be in Atlanta in a couple weeks for the birthday and I have been looking for something calm and different to do while there. I’ll definitely have to look this place up!
    Thanks Queen!

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    • kelley · March 15, 2016

      You are so welcome. Glad to hear it! You will definitely enjoy Stone Mountain and if you can make it up there to watch the sun rise or set, it’ll be extra special as well as add some great memories and photos to your birthday.

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  2. Greg Norrell · March 15, 2016

    Nice post. I used to visit Stone Mountain frequently as a child (back when I could actually run all the way up).

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  3. Elissa · March 15, 2016

    It looks beautiful!

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  4. donzo442 · March 15, 2016

    Natural beauty stands alone regardless of feeble human attempts to muck it up.

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  5. Kushite Prince · March 15, 2016

    Looks very quiet and peaceful out there. It really is a nice looking park. I want to see more pics of you like this. 🙂

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  6. ShelbyCourtland · March 15, 2016

    Thank you Kelley! The pictures actually calmed me down. It reminds me of all the times, I’ve hiked the Peaks of Otter Trail up in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I’m a mountain girl and so I love scenery such as that. This looks wonderful and I wish I had been there!

    Good to see you enjoying yourself. We all need to take time to do that and you are so right, we don’t need to go through a TSA checkpoint to find some beauty and inner peace. Thanks for making us aware of this. We do tend to forget that beauty can be close by!

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    • kelley · March 16, 2016

      Yes indeed. Nature is pretty much a cost-free restorative that we don’t utilize nearly enough; you know we’re all walking around deficient in vitamin D cuz we’re indoors on our phones and at work all day like prisoners [too often by choice!].

      And you are so welcome! It’s easy to forget the simple things and easier to get caught up in the things that don’t really matter.

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      • 25 Black and Alive · March 20, 2016

        Aww man! You already wrote what I was going to say! Anyways… you’re awesome for saying “Give it a ‘gander'”. I took about a hour walk yesterday without my phone just to clear my mind. If people would get back to the simple things there would be much less strife in the world.

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        • kelley · March 21, 2016

          hehe I mean who says gander, right? I love the word.

          And I think one of my biggest pet peeves is seeing moms [or grandmas, nannies, etc] walking a baby ….on their phone!! ugh! I almost hit a co-worker [with my car] on my way to work party because she walked RIGHT into the street. On her phone!

          I agree we need to get back to nature.

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  7. K E Garland · March 16, 2016

    I was at Stone Mountain this summer. It is amazing and racist all that same time.

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  8. E. English · March 17, 2016

    I’m glad you found the time to visit the park! because I’m in love with these photos Kelley!
    S/n: All day, every day we can remove whatever is necessary! ♥

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  9. shunpwrites · March 18, 2016

    Yes! I made this journey up to the top a couple of years ago, hobbled on one leg – a poignant metaphor for the endeavor that made me appreciate it more.

    What were the lessons that you took in the wake of it?

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    • kelley · March 21, 2016

      Definitely!

      We had my three year old nephew with us and he was hyped and kept saying “we did it!” at every landing and “c’mon guys!” And I was thinking I hope he never loses that spirit that so many of us adults do.
      Mother Earth has so much beauty and we should all take time to engage and wonder in it all. Plus arriving at the top and intaking that amazing view was SO worth the sore hamstrings.

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  10. nosyjosie · March 21, 2016

    Ahhhh I’m so happy you made it! Judging from your pictures, it was an AMAZING trip. I would have loved to see the sunset *sigh* how romantic :D. I loved your meditation pic too – I would love to do that every morning, especially since the weather in Atlanta is usually so nice. Just looking at your pictures made we want to return lol. And YES I saw the confederate flag too. Smh…but you’re right…removing it won’t remove the hate that came with it. When I look at them, I’m reminded of how the ideas and practices of evil people are being torn down (even if at a slow pace). Evil never prevails. Thanks for sharing these – it has made my day.

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    • kelley · March 21, 2016

      haha yes! Clearly I had a blast! I had to share because it was AMAZING. I love little gems like this that you can do in a day or afternoon. We all need to take advantage of destinations like Stone Mtn that are close in proximity, don’t cost much and reconnect us with what’s important.

      So glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you. And thanks again for re-sparking my interest! Come back and watch the sunset!

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