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Stone Mountain Vacation
Duck Ride, A new attraction at Stone Mountian
Stone Mountain in Atlanta, Georgia, provided summer fun this July with a paddle-wheel boat ride on the Scarlet O’Hara, a ride in a cable car to the top of the mountain, putt putt golf, water slides, a tall tale in a 4-D theater, shopping in gift shops, and dining at Katie’s Restaurant in the new Crossroads area. For our daughter the water park and shopping offered the most fun. I loved the ride on the Scarlet O’Hara and the catfish dinner at Katie’s, where I had hand-tossed rolls and sampled fried sweet potato with cinnamon and fried dill pickles. We also toured the old plantation homes, and I enjoyed snapping pictures.
Magnificent Stone Mountain in the background at the parks' boat dock
We all enjoyed the laser light show, music honoring America and our soldiers, and homemade ice cream with waffle cones. We took our German Shepherd, Dakota, for a walk down to the lake. There is a beautiful view of the lake and Stone Mountain from the Water Taxi area. It was such a peaceful, serene setting, that I wanted to park myself at the picnic table and write, but there was no time for writing with a two-day stay and water slides offering a unique way to cool off from the summer heat. Next trip, I plan to make time for writing as I reflect upon the waters of the lake and that mountain-top view. Water slides can wait. As far as tubing, no lazy river ride can take the place of tubing down the Tangipahoa River. They just don't begin to compare. They can keep their water slides. I'll opt for the good old river for fun on the water and cooling off any day.
However, Stone Mountain's laser light show is said to be the best in the world, and I loved it. Stone Mountain is definetly a worthwhile vacation stop and if you visit, don't miss Katie's Restaurant. The food is delicious! The only thing is, you can't order catfish fillet, but it is catfish. When I placed my order for catfish, the waitress said, "It's whole."
I said, "I don't care. I love catfish."
Later, the waitress returned with a plate of fried sample food. The sweet potato was the best. Next thing I knew, she returned again with a small basket in her hand, and I heard her say, "hand-tossed roll." My husband and daughter didn't hear her and didn't understand, but they did when they saw me put up my hands and catch the hand-tossed roll in mid air. They laughed and caught their own after I showed them how it was done. Not to worry, the waitress wore gloves.
When she brought my plate, she said, "There you go. Two big fishes."
I said, "The fish look great," and they were, though I had to pick it off the bones, and I would prefer catfish fillet. Give me a good old yellow tabby. They're the best! But then, if you want Stone Mountain, you can't expect Louisiana catfish fillet, now can you? So, I settled for picking my catfish off the bone and enjoying the laser light show and homemade ice cream on waffle cones. I even made a candle at the candlemaking shop. Of course, I made blue dolphins, but I thought about making a Siamese cat or German Shepherd dog.
My Stone Mountain favorites were the ride on the paddle wheeler, the ride to the top of the mountain, and the laser light show. You can putt putt and water slide anywhere. So if you have only so much time, use it wisely and take in the best!
Barbara is the author of Magnolia: A Wilting Flower and The Lord had Something Better in Mind. Member of Florida Writers Association (FWA), Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project (SLWP), and American Christian Romance Writers (ACRW). Books available at favorite online bookstores such as www.amazon.com and www.bn.com. Visit Barbara at http://pages.prodigy.net/bud25/_wsn/page6.html or http://pages.prodigy.net/bud25.
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