Stone Mountain State Park

Not Stone Mountain in Georgia. This is the less famous but more beautiful Stone Mountain State Park in North Carolina. We took our first strenuous hike of the year with our good friends, Brent and April. The temperature was an unusually warm 66 degrees, 20 above the average. It was sunny and no wind. Perfect! The hike up to the top of the mountain was a doozy! But the views were worth it!

Though, really, Princess Gail is all the view I need!

After the hike up, we hiked around the top and down the back side of the mountain, following a stream and waterfall back to where we started from.

And now that Princess Gail is carrying a camera, I get to be in an occasional picture!

She even got a picture of my halo! 😉

  • Comedy Plus January 31, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Wow the view is magnificent. What great exercise too. I would love to do this and hubby and I haven't got up the mountain to do this in a very long time. You do have a nice halo indeed.

    Have a terrific day. Big hug to you and Princess Gail.

    Princess Because-I-Said-So (My new Carnival Cruise Name) :)

    • Ferd February 12, 2011 at 7:37 AM

      Thanks, Sandee!
      Gail and I love to go hiking and birding. It gives us a good excuse to be outside and to get some exercise.
      And I LOVE your Cruise name. What a riot!
      Just a couple of weeks to go to your cruise! Woohoo!

  • Flag Gazer January 31, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    I didn't know there was another Stone Mountain in NC.

    Very beautiful!!!

  • sharkbytes January 31, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Great place. I’ve been near there… can’t remember the name of the exact place.

  • Ferd January 31, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    Sandee, C, and Shark~
    We were blessed to have a beautiful day, on a weekend, and all of us were off (“off” I mean not working, not “off” in the head! LOL)
    It was a really tough hike, though, for the first one of the year. All of us are really sore. The “good” kind of sore! :-)

  • dawn February 1, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Oh wow… what a phenomenal view! I bet is was worth the pain :)

  • Jen February 2, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    How beautiful! It’s been years since I saw something like that in real life. I love the mountains.

  • Elaine February 4, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Great pictures and what a gorgeous day you had! 66 degrees is perfect for a day hike. Had to chuckle about the halo 😉

  • Ferd February 4, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Oh yeah, it was worth the pain. The pictures don’t really do it justice. I hurt for a couple of days!

    I guess it’s time for you to visit the mountains! It would be a nice vacay with the kids.

    Thank you!
    What, you think that’s a fake halo or something? 😉

  • Kate February 4, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Amazing views…that’s for sure!! Makes me want to go hiking…but not enough to actually go hiking! 😉 Good on you!

  • Katherine February 5, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    I smiled the whole time I read your post… what a BEAUTIFUL place to be. And to be able to exercise, get fresh air, sunshine AND the view… including of the Princess! (You ARE a good husband – hope she reads your blog!) Is that ice going down the mountain? Is it normally a stream in the summer? Just beautiful!

    Are you sure that is a Halo? Did you see any cigar shaped metal air crafts flying around?

  • Ferd February 12, 2011 at 7:40 AM

    Thanks, C!
    Like I said, not as famous, but I've been to both, and ours is indeed more beautiful.
    Our mountains are older, softer, and not as high as yours. I think every range has its individual beauty.