Sunday, November 14, 2010

Come With Me Up The Mountain

It was a perfect fall day yesterday. The dry conditions we've had this fall has made for some stunning color...


We did some errands in the morning, then set out to the mountain after lunch. Since Rob and I first hiked it last July, you have seen me write about "the mountain" many times. Well, today you're coming with us...

Kennesaw Mountain view from Stilesboro Road

The mountain is part of the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, (for more information on the trails, click here) which is where some of the heaviest fighting of the Atlanta Campaign during the Civil War occurred. It's a protected area with preserved earthworks, cannon placements and monuments.


The view from the bottom

There are many hiking trails throughout the park but my favorite is going up the mountain top trail then coming down the mountain road. New let's get going!

The entrance to the trail (and Rob's sexy legs)

It starts off pretty steep straight away. According to Local Hikes.com, this trail is considered "moderate." Though I'm not an experienced hiker, I'd have to agree since it's challenging but not difficult. There are folks who blow past me like I'm standing still, and there are those that I leave in my dust.


One of the first steep steppy turns

After this turn there is another steep bit then it levels out for a nice flat stretch to catch our breath and recover the legs a bit. Then it goes steep again...

Bone dry and rocky, good shoes are a must

Get a load of this chick...


Fat Andra could never have imagined!


More steepness...


and more steps...

This is where I caught my toe and almost fell one morning when walking with Lisa. But she was so quick she grabbed me by the arm and kept me from doing a faceplant into the stone steps. Lisa was channeling The Flash that morning, thank goodness! There is one more turn then we reach the entrance to the parking lot which is a good place to recover for a couple of minutes before the last push. The views are amazing...


Atlanta!

The Stairs of Despair leads to...


The last bit of really steep terrain


The first of several cannons

We keep going uphill until we reach the medallion that marks the highest point of the mountain...

SUCCESS!

By this time, the endorphins are going, happiness washes over us and we've got a gorgeous glow and rosy cheeks. I always stand on the medallion and bow to the four winds and then stop and take in the views of Marietta...

Then it's time to head back down the stairs and down the mountain road...

And take in the lovely views along the way...


Little Kennesaw Mountain


Back at the bottom

We did it! It takes just about an hour, even with my pauses to take photographs. That's quite an improvement over the 90 minutes it took us our first time.

It's a wonderful way to spend an hour. That's the key with fitness activities, find something you truly love doing and it won't feel like a "workout" it will just feel like a fantastic part of your day. If you ever find yourself in the Cobb County area of Georgia, drop me a line and I'll take you on a trip up the mountain for real.

4 comments:

  1. Andra Thanks for the info love your blog. I've driven through Kennesaw Mountain almost everyday and have never thought of going there I've seen the hikers and have always wonder but never stopped. So you have changed my mind this seem interesting and I need a little adventure. I may even go today, Is the trails kid friendly?

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  2. Lots of families walk the trails, so I'd say yes, kid friendly.

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  3. Gorgeous! Thanks for the photos. Love the fall colors.

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