Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

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Nephew of infinite energy

Kennesaw Mountain is a very popular mountain to hike just out of Atlanta. It’s a very pet and kid friendly trail so if you’re looking for some introvert time on a mountain, make sure to go early in the morning or you’ll be met with half of the city. On the other hand, if you’re an extrovert, hike during people hours and you’ll meet all sorts of dogs and humans. I shudder at the thought of meeting lots of humans when hiking, dogs are fine though. I did this hike at 8:00am on a sunny but cold day with a tiny human this time around. My tiny human hiking companion was my nephew who probably could have run up and down the mountain three times without getting out of breath. Nothing shows your age or lack of fitness level like hiking with a tiny human. I’m fairly strong and I run from zombies four days a week (Zombies, Run app – don’t run again without it). So when my nephew slayed me on the trail, it wasn’t awesome. Well, it was for him.

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Roosevelt’s Little White House

Roosevelt’s Little White House

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ” ~ F.D. Roosevelt

My mum is one of the biggest history buff’s I know. She’s the one you see reading a 600 page book about Thomas Jefferson on her lunch break and has read all the David McCullough books. My dad, while not an avid reader of 600 page books, is one of those people who can find interest in pretty much everything, quickly becoming an expert by absorption. Together my parents are a walking encyclopedia answering every Jeopardy question correctly. So it was only natural for me to take this quest with my parents. I’ll spare you the history lesson that most of you know from grade school. I’m fairly sure that most of you reading this know all about his presidency, the fact that he had polio and the familiar quotes that are on every random photo of landscapes posted to Facebook.

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DeSoto Falls – Georgia

DeSoto Falls – Georgia

The story behind DeSoto Falls sounds like something from legends. Hopefully, you are aware of Hernando de Soto. If you aren’t I’ll give a quick run down about this lad in a moment. The falls were named after DeSoto because of some stories that indicated his breastplate was found at the base of the falls. Pieces of armor, dated around the 16th century, have also been found around the area but it’s not conclusive as to if it was de Soto’s. That of course gives way to the mystery of the falls and keeps folklore in your mind as you hike. Especially since they recovered a sword as well nearby……

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Panola Mountain State Park

Panola Mountain State Park

Diamorpha on Panola Mountain
Diamorpha on Panola Mountain

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.

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Arabia Mountain

Arabia Mountain

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.

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