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The Two RV Gypsies & their grandson
at Stone Mountain, Georgia
June 24-27, 2011
Located on 3,200 acres of natural beauty, Stone Mountain Park features a wide variety of fun family activities and things to do in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Here, the two RV Gypsies and their grandson got to:
•Trek through the treetops on Sky Hike, the nation's largest adventure course.
•Take a Skyride to the top of Stone Mountain and get an up-close look at the Stone Mountain Carving.
•Ride a scenic train around the mountain.
•End their day at the world's largest laser light show featuring a fantastic fireworks finale!
 
history bookStone Mountain is a quartz monzonite dome monadnock in Stone Mountain, Georgia. At its summit, the elevation is 1,686 feet and 825 feet above the surrounding area. Stone Mountain granite extends underground 9 miles at its longest point into Gwinnett County. Numerous reference books and Georgia literature have dubbed Stone Mountain as “the largest exposed piece of granite in the world". This misnomer is most likely a result of advertisement by granite companies and early park administration. Stone Mountain, though often called a pink granite dome, actually ranges in composition from quartz monzonite to granite and granodiorite. Stone Mountain is well-known not only for its geology, but also for the enormous bas-relief on its north face, the largest bas-relief in the world. The carving depicts three figures of the Confederate States of America: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis.
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies at Stone Mountain, Georgia
The rock’s top attraction is The Summit Skyride. This high-speed Swiss cable car provides a stunning view of the Confederate Memorial Carving as it transports guests more than 825 feet above ground to the top of Stone Mountain. In 2002, Karen and Lee hiked the rough trail up Stone Mountain, but this time, they took the Skyride. The Walk Up Trail is a 1.3-mile trail to the top of Stone Mountain ascending 786 feet ( in elevation to a height of 1,686 feet. The trail is steep, but spectacular panoramic views and cool winds await tired hikers at the top.
the Swiss cable car at Stone Mountain
the Swiss cable car at Stone Mountain partway up the mountain
the cable car in front of the carving at Stone Mountain
From the top, the two RV Gypsies and their grandson experienced amazing views of the Atlanta skyline, the Appalachian Mountains and more up to 60 miles away.
the welcome station at the top of Stone Mountain
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies experiencees amazing views of the Atlanta skyline
Lee and Alex on top of Stone Mountain
Alex on top of Stone Mountain
Lee and Alex on top of Stone Mountain
Scenic Railroad: The two RV Gypsies and their grandson climbed aboard the train that has a full size locomotive from the 1940s with open-air cars. The trip included a lively five-mile excursion around the mountain with beautiful views of Stone Mountain and the surrounding landscape.
the train at Stone Mountain
Lee and Alex laughing on the train at Stone Mountain
The two RV Gypsies and their grandson ate at the major restaurant at Stone Mountain Park. They were not thrilled with their meal. First of all, the restaurant did not even have milk which is Karen's preferred drink with a meal. No wonder everyone drinks so much soda that is not even healthy. Second, the rolls were not ready on a timely basis, then the rolls were taken out of the oven too soon, and the inside of the rolls were not cooked. Also, the two RV Gypsies felt as if they had to beg for a second roll. The restaurant only had honey butter, no regular butter. Finally and most importantly, the food was OK but not great. But despite this, the two RV Gypsies and their grandson laughed and enjoyed the moments. These comments do not make the restaurant good or bad in general, they are just comments about the experience of the two RV Gypsies on this date.
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies laughing
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies laughing
The two RV Gypsies and their grandson ended their day at the world's largest laser light show featuring a fantastic fireworks finale!
Stone Mountain as dusk approcahes
Stone Mountain as dusk approcahes
A rainy night for the laser show, but totally worth it.
Karen Duquette and her grandson, Alex in the rain at the laser show at Stone Mountain
Day two at Stone Mountain Park
The two RV Gypsies again visited Georgia's first 4-D theater which introduced "YOGI BEAR's 4-D Adventure," starring Dan Aykroyd (Yogi) and Justin Timberlake (Boo Boo). The 12-minute experience engaged guests through a 3D film and spectacular 4th dimension special effects. This original film follows Yogi and Boo Boo during zany adventures to try to snatch picnic baskets from unsuspecting park guests.
 
The two RV Gypsies and their grandson learned about Stone Mountain Park ’s history in a splashy way with "Ride The Ducks™". This tour went from land to water to land again! The Duck vehicles are 1940's era Army DUKWs, converted into comfortable open-air vehicles for the riders' viewing and listening pleasure.
The two RV Gypsies and their grandson made noise with the duck quackers provided as part of the duck ride.
Lee Duquette
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies
laughing clipart dudeKaren Duquette and her grandson at Stone Mountain Park duck ride
One "duck" coming out of the water, and another "duck' going in.
A "duck" coming out of the water
A "Duck" entering the water
Views of Stone Mountain from the "Duck"
View of Stone Mountain from the "Duck"
View of Stone Mountain from the "Duck"
The daily concert from the 732-bell Carillon is one of the true joys of Stone Mountain Park. The Carillon was donated to the Park by friends at Coca-Cola after being exhibited in the 1964 World's Fair in New York City.

Guests can hear concerts at the Carillon every day. Concerts are at 1:00, 3:00 and 5:00 PM on Sundays and at 12:00 PM & 4:00 PM, Monday-Saturday. Concerts are live on Saturday and Sunday and are taped, Monday through Friday. Stone Mountain Park's carillon has been played by Mabel Sharp for over 30 years.

the 732-bell Carillon
The "duck" was back and land and the two RV Gypsies saw a deer in the woods.
A deer in the woods
A deer in the woods
A deer in the woods
Exiting the "Duck"
The two RV Gypsies and their grandson also puttered around on a miniature golf course based on the real-life adventures of the Great Locomotive Chase. The course had train-inspired design elements.
mini golf
mini golf
The most fun for Alex was the Sky Hike: a trek through the treetops on one of the nation’s largest family adventure course. It is a quarter of a mile course with suspended wooden bridges and rope crossings. Alex stepped from one wooden slat to another and balanced on a single rope high above the ground. There are several layers: a 12 foot trail for beginners, a 24 foot high trail for the somewhat courageous and the super challenge trail at nearly 40 feet in the air (four stories high), for the true dare devil.
overview of the Sky Hike at Stone Maountain Park
Karen did the lower level of the Sky Hike, while Alex mastered the rest of the Sky Hike. Lee did not attempt it.
Karen and Alex on the Sky Hike
Karen Duquette on the Sky Hike
Alex on the Sky Hike at various levels
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies on the Sky Hike
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies on the Sky Hike
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies on the Sky Hike
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies on the Sky Hike
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies on the Sky Hike
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies on the Sky Hike
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies on the Sky Hike
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies on the Sky Hike
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies on the Sky Hike
the Sky Hike
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies on the Sky Hike
Stone Mountain Campground sign and welcome wagon
Stone Mountain Campground sign
the welcome wagon
the new yard of the two RV Gypsies
the new yard of the two RV Gypsies
A rip-roaring campfire and s'mores - something Alex loved.
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies and a rip-roaring campfire
Karen Duquette and the campfire at Stone Mountain
A rip-roaring campfire and s'mores
A rip-roaring campfire and s'mores

June 27th was the birthday of the two RV Gypsies' son, Brian Lee Duquette. Each year, it is a sad day for the two RV Gypsies, but because Alex was with them on this trip, they hid their pain and acted like it was a normal day. Karen wore her blouse with Brian's initials in a heart. For more information on Brian, use the "Brian" button above..

hugs and kisses to Brian Lee Duquetteshirt in honor of Brian Lee Duquette
Alex and his fancy s'mores
fancy s'mores
Alex and his fancy s'mores
This s'more had wings
This S'more has wings
Lee and Alex
the marshmellow drops into the campfire
Lee and Alex
Lee and Alex
Alex beating Grampy with a noodle.
Alex beating Grampy with a noodle on the way to the pool
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