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Stone Mountain Family Trip – April 2011
June 2, 2011, 8:59 pm
Filed under: travel

I wanted to plan something special for my Dad and Sister, Rachel for their birthdays this year, which are just 2 days apart.  My family is all spread out….Dad in Athens, Rachel at Georgia Southern in Statesboro, my brother Eric in Denver and brother Kyle in NYC.  It is hard to get all of us Pitts kids together and it normally only happens about twice a year.  I decided I wanted to plan a fun mini vacation for us all, and finally decided on Stone Mountain for its central location and affordability. We had all gone to Stone Mountain as kids, since we lived outside of Atlanta for years, but it had been at least 15 years since we had all gone.  Plus, Dad used to take us all camping as kids, and I had been really wanting to go camping, so this seemed like a great plan.  IT WAS AWESOME.  I would totally recommend this trip to anyone and I will for sure be visiting again!

Originally, I wanted to surprise my Dad with flying Eric in from Denver and Kyle in from NYC, but logistically I needed his help arranging the airport pickups.  He helped getting Eric from the Atlanta airport, but we kept Kyle a secret as he flew into Charlotte and rode down to Stone Mountain with Michael and I.  It was so much fun surprising my Dad – all four Pitts kids from around the country in one spot!

The campgrounds at Stone Mountain were really cheap, only about $90 for the 2 nights.  There were hot showers and toilets – which is my idea of camping.  Our friends the Budas had loaned us some great camping gear too.  You MUST book campsite #190 if you ever go camping there.  It was the best campsite with a huge spot right on the lake overlooking the mountain.

We all arrived by about 4:00 on Friday and set up camp.  Michael and I even brought some air mattresses to fit in the 10 person tent we had borrowed!  Eric got the fire going, we set up a ladder ball game, we grilled hamburgers/chicken sausage and had some baked beans for dinner.  And, then of course we made s’mores and celebrated my Dad’s birthday 🙂

The next morning we cooked breakfast and all laughed about how much we froze in the night.  It got pretty cold and we didn’t bring enough blankets.  Eric had slept in his hammock that he brought and we woke up early hearing him scream and my Dad laugh as ducks came flying toward him from across the water.  We had plenty of laughs all weekend.  Always a good time with all of us together.

Stone Mountain Park has become quite an attraction.  They have all sorts of activities to keep you busy all weekend.  We all got the buy 1 day get the 2nd day free Adventure Passes so we could do whatever we wanted for the weekend.  We started our adventure in a lame train ride around the mountain.  Then we went to see a 3D short movie and had lunch at Miss Katies where the wait staff actually tosses the hand tossed rolls to you.  Pretty fun.  Kyle loves the southern food since he lives in NYC.  We were all pretty stuffed from lunch so we decided to take the gondola up to the top of the mountain.  It was a beautiful view.  Stone Mountain is the world’s largest piece of exposed granite!

And then we met this little guy at the sad petting zoo…

That night we picnicked before the laser show.  Our friends Brooke and Zach drove up from Atlanta to join us.  It was a lot of fun.  The laser show was interesting and very entertaining.  I called it “a roller coaster of emotion”…the themes in the show jumped all over the place.

The next morning Michael and I set up an Easter egg hunt and we celebrated Rachel’s birthday over breakfast.  Since we had extra adventure passes for the second day, we ventured back over to the attractions where some did this awesome ropes course and we all played putt putt together.  And of course, one more stop to Miss Katies for lunch 🙂



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1. your family is the cutest. ever.
2. stone mountain is literally 10 minutes away from my house #thereinspirit
3. i love catching up on your blog
4. i will be in CLT twice in July, the night of the 15th and the 28th. would love to see you


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