The nice thing about Washington, my husband’s home state, is that it has trees and forests, as well as deserts like this. He actually grew up around Lake Chelan in Central Washington, the dry part, and this place is only about an hour’s drive away. As the name indicates, there used to be waterfalls here — 10x bigger than Niagara and perhaps the largest in the world, and the flow from the falls was 10x those of all rivers in the world combined, but this was during the Ice Age when catastrophic floods. (Wikipedia)
Here are three views of Stone Mountain, “the world’s largest exposed granite monolith,” and the world’s largest bas relief featuring three heroes of the Confederates: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis. It is also a park and during our visit we enjoyed some of its family oriented attractions like the train ride, duck amphibious car/boat ride, ropes course playground, barn play area, and of course, the Skyride and walk at the top of the mountain. It’s just an hour from Atlanta.
My husband’s hometown in central Washington. He grew up a few blocks from the lake, and after two years of being away I am looking forward to visiting it again this summer. It is likely that this time our visits will be more frequent, perhaps on weekly or monthly basis once we find a job and home in the state.
When we stop over in Atlanta en route to Seattle we like to spend a few days near the Centennial Olympic Park. In addition to the park and CNN headquarters (foodcourt) we also brought our young son to the Georgia Aquarium and Children’s Museum, which were all within walking distance. We have also been to the Coke museum on a separate visit 12 years ago.