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The BIG Rock in Georgia

A majority of our time during spring break was spent at Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain, GA, just east of Atlanta.  Stone Mountain Park is all about the BIG Rock, or rather stone.  This is where the famous stone carving is of three Confederate heroes of the Civil War:  Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee and Lt. General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.

We spent 3 days here at Stone Mountain Park.  On our second day to the park, we took the cable car ride ( Summit Skyride ) up 825 feet to the summit of the stone granite.  The weather was quite nice, but a bit hazy.  We enjoyed a walking around the summit and taking a few pictures.  Here are just a few of those pictures.

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Amber’s first bath

Amber enjoyed her first bath today and she handled it real well.  We washed her out side and she didn’t even shake and get every one wet.  She sure did look small with all that hair wet and matted down.  Once done, she dried quickly in the April sun.


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Collin and the National Honor Society

This evening Collin was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.  Congratulations Collin (and mom and dad) for all your hard work.  Can’t say much more then that…  Besides Collin at the age of 11 had achieved something I never did.


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And later this evening, I did what I always thought and said I would never do…. 
Stand out side in the rain so my pet can relieve it self….


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A Day At The Atlanta Zoo

During our Spring Break vacation, we visited the Atlanta Zoo.  The zoo is not out in some rural area as is the North Carolina Zoological Park, but instead is just out side of downtown.  When we pulled up to the zoo, it reminded me of a public park and parking lots were small.  Once through the gates and reviewing the map of the zoo we confirmed what we suspected that this zoo is a much smaller zoo then ours in NC.  Not that it has less animals, but is condensed into a smaller area.  The NC zoo may take you most the day to go from one end to the other, but here you could go back and forth in a crisscross pattern through out the day if needed.


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Even though it has a smaller zoo area, it has a lot packed into it as the map above shows.  Some highlights for us included the Gorilla’s, Panda Bears, Elephants and the Kookaburra bird.  They are known for their Panda Bear exhibit, and they did have one, but it small, but it was still cool to see Panda bears.  The Gorilla’s on the other hand had a huge exhibit and there must have been close to 22 gorillas.  We got to watch the Gorillas get fed and ask questions of the zoo employee that was doing the feeding.  We also enjoyed a talk with the zoo personnel at the Kookaburra bird exhibit while they fed the bird crickets.


Unfortunately I think we were there a bit early in the season because there didn’t seem to be much zoo staff and some food stands were still closed.  Below is a small selection of pictures taken at the zoo.  You can watch the slide show or view selected pictures one at a time below the slide show.





A Day At The Georgia Aquarium

During our Spring Break vacation, we visited the Georgia Aquarium.  It is quite a nice aquarium for being squeezed into a small downtown Atlanta area.  See the map below.


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Here is a map of the aquarium, click on the image for a larger view.




Highlights included a huge tank with fish, sharks, rays, etc…, with LARGE viewing areas… like 30ft by 50ft viewing windows and a tunnel.  Touch tanks to feel sea urchins, sand sharks and sting rays… you can even get a chance to feed the sting rays.  The Beluga whales were fun to watch.   It was a fun day of viewing and learning.

Here are just a few of the many pictures I took that day in a slide show.





GSO Academy 6th grade retreat

Recently I chaperoned a 6th grade retreat to Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center in Reidsville, NC.  This was a get to know your class mates and team building retreat.  The center is quite nice and the staff was very pleasant and help full.  It was a wonderful weekend, Nov, 5th and the color in the trees was just beautiful.


Collin and the rest of his class had a great time.  The center has has both low ropes and high ropes course which were both fun and challenging students.  Below are few pictures, those with Collin or I in them.  If you want to see the rest, you can find them at the class photo site here


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Cross Over Camp Out

Arrow of Light Letter-T his past weekend the family (all 5 of us) all went camping (in one BIG tent) to the Woodfield Scout Preserver for the Cross Over ceremony.  The Cross Over or the Arrow of Light ceremony is for those Webelos scouts (cub scouts) that have achieved the Arrow of Light and are crossing over into Boy Scouts.  Collin was one of those Webelos.  In the past few years he achieved Tiger, Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, Webelos 1 and Webelos2.


The weather for the camp out was quite nice, mid 60’s during the day, but quite code as low as 29 degrees over night…  Can you say burrrrrr.  The boys were real good with paying attention and helping out setting up camp and taking it all down and pack.  We took a few hikes and enjoyed some free time.  The main purpose for the camp out was the Cross Over ceremony.  The ceremony was after dark was done quite well.  About 40 boys crossed over to Boy Scouts that evening including boys from other packs.


Collin is looking forward to bigger and better things in Boy Scouts.


Below are just 24 pictures (of the 140+ pictures taken over the weekend) in a slide show.




The Arrow of Light story read at the ceremony:


In the ages past, when the Nations of the red man spread across the land, there was a young member of one tribe called Akela. Akela wished to be a warrior as the older men of his tribe were, but no one would consider him so. "Little Akela, he is too young to join the hunt," they would say. "Too slow to run with the Bobcat clan. Not clever enough to hunt with the Wolf clan. Such a young one is not strong enough to join the Bear clan." No matter how hard Akela worked, all ways were barred to him. But the Aged Chieftain of the tribe saw Akela differently than the rest. "The spirit of this young one burns brighter than the largest fire. Akela has served his brethren well for one of his age. The time will come when the tribe will need only that which Akela can give."


One night in the fall during the harvest, a party of warriors was canoeing back to their village after a hunt. On this night, the fog rolled thick across the river. The fog was so heavy, the river path back to the village was hidden from view. A nearby river path to the right led to a roaring chasm. The warriors did not know the safe path to take and were trapped. Akela had been practicing his hunting skills in the hills above the river and had seen the danger to the canoe. He wrapped an arrow in a skin, set it aflame, and shot it into the sky toward the safe river path. The warriors in the canoe saw the flaming arrow through the fog and followed it toward the safe river path and the village.


The warriors went to the Chieftain saying, "We were trapped on the river and the Highfather sent an Arrow of Light through the sky to guide us." The Chieftain smiled and said, "The sign which led you to safety came not from the heavens but from one who you thought was too young to do anything." He brought Akela forward to the surprise of the warriors. "Akela has proved himself worthy to wear the name of warrior. He has aided his brothers in their time of greatest need. Hereafter, all young members of our tribe shall become warriors only after meeting the challenges of the Arrow of Light. Let them each be filled with the spirit of Akela and follow his example of unselfish service to our brethren." And it was made so and carried through to the present day as you Webelos stand before us now, ready to receive the Arrow of Light.