This was a special quest for me on so many different levels. It’s on my ridiculously long bucket list, one of my Georgia quests and, something that I’ve wanted to do for years but never had the opportunity to go. Not to mention finding someone adventurous enough to go with me. It was also the second day of the 30th year of someone special to me. Who just so happens is equally as adventurous as me. Or crazy, depending on how you look at it.
There will never be enough words that I could use to describe the pure adrenaline rush and the absolutely amazing feeling that you have when you’re standing at the edge of a plane; The door is open, the air is rushing in, you’re looking down from 14,000 feet and you know in just a few seconds you’ll be plunging down to the tiny world below you. If anyone can describe this, please give me the words.
I flew through clouds. Clouds, people. For a brief moment, that felt like an eternity, I was flying in that big sky I look up at every day. I don’t look at that sky the same way anymore. I now know what it’s like up there, without a plane surrounding me. I also seemed to acquire this sense of confidence. What am I afraid of about x, y or z? I jumped from a plane. I absolutely can handle this.
Let me tell you about my experience and the amazing people at Skydive Atlanta. Hold tight for a ride and if you feel even the slightest urge to do this, go. It seems crazy, it really is crazy, others will tell you that you’re crazy, you probably are crazy to begin with, but just go. You will not regret it and I would have paid so much more for this opportunity multiple times over.
Let me first start out by saying I fully understand why everyone in this state loves to go to Stone Mountain. There are a lot of things to do there and I still have to go back to experience the laser show and some kayaking but I will say that I’ll be procrastinating on those quests. Stone Mountain is just so packed and it’s a family destination trap so you’re almost always around slow moving people that you have to politely and briskly try to maneuver past. It’s a heck of a workout and if you really want to add some adrenaline, go in the rain. I am kidding about that, I actually did Stone Mountain in the rain but I had no choice. I had about two days left of March to finish the Monadnock Madness Challenge. So here is the final part of the March Monadnock Madness 2014.
What a gem of a park and so close to Atlanta, you really have no excuse for not checking this one out. Panola Mountain is another monadnock in the three-part Monadnock Madness. It has so many different things to do here for every age, you could go every weekend and not be bored. Zumba Fitness, Beginners to Intermediate Archery Lessons (good for Zombie preparedness), archery camp, moonlight hikes, tree top excursions, Junior Ranger Day Camp, bike tours, geocaching, fishing, camping! That’s just a few of the many things that Panola Mountain State Park offers.
Oh Arabia Mountain, I wish I could explain how fun this place is. It’s a great place for a short hike or for a long day of exploring. This quest was done on the day of my birthday, March 21st and was the first of three monadnocks. The next two blogs after this will be the other two monadnocks I visited in the month of March during Monadnock Madness.
What exactly is a Monadnock? It’s a defined as a small mountain that rises abruptly from a level surrounding plain or an isolated rock hill, knob or ridge. It’s actually a Native American term for an isolated hill. Atlanta has three monadnocks, all very close to each other. Can you guess which ones they are? Arabia Mountain, Panola Mountain and Stone Mountain.