Summer Break Adventures – Climbing Stone Mountain

I’ve lived in Atlanta for over 20 years and have been to Stone Mountain Park several times for festivals and events. What I’ve  have never done is actually climb to the top of Stone Mountain. Back in 2005 when I was training for the Peachtree Road race, I even ran around the perimeter of stone mountain but never up stone mountain. So when a friend of mine mentioned that her and her niece made it a summer activity to climb stone mountain a couple times out of the week, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity for Sage and I to tackle Stone Mountain. So we scheduled a time for us to meet up and on last Tuesday we took on the challenge of climbing to the top of Stone Mountain!

  
Stone Mountain, located in Stone Mountain Park, is 825 feet above the surrounding area, reaching an elevation of 1686 feet. The walking trail is only 1 mile up but add the incline and rock climbing and you have full body workout. It was hard but it felt really good. It was also really hot. Which kind of made it unbearable. But we pushed through! And made it to the top!

  
It was so beautify at the top!! And so worth being tired and sweaty. Can’t wait to climb it again!

   
 
   
 

CalaBar & Grill

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Last week, my daughter and I went to one of the Atlanta Science Festival event at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. We got to the Stone Mountain area early enough to grab something to eat. Not being to familiar with the area, I used my Yelp and Scoutmob Apps find CalaBar & Grill. The menu looked very appetizing and the reviews were great. Works for me. When we arrived they had just opened for business. We walked in and was immediately greeted and was told that we could sit at any table. After a very short wait, our waitress came with water and to ask any questions we may have had. I ordered the Jerk Chicken Pasta (Sliced jerk chicken breast, green bell pepper and mushroom tossed in a rich parmesan cream sauce) as well as an order of plantains. My daughter ordered Fish Tacos and Garlic Mashed Potatoes.
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Everything was very tasty. Not only was the portions huge for the Jerk Chicken Pasta, but the it’s very flavorful. There was a little kick of spice which paired well with the sweetness of the plantains. The fish tacos were also delicious. I really enjoyed how light and crunchy they were. The slaw that was in the taco gave it a nice tropical feel. The mashed potatoes were amazing! I could have eaten the whole bowl by myself.

With great food and stellar service my first visit to CalaBar Grill was a success. I will definitely come back to try other menu items and to check out various events they have throughout the week.

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CalaBar & Grill
4144 Redan Rd
Stone Mountain, GA 30083