It’s Throwback Thursday, and I thought I’d share these photos from June of last year when Big Man and I climbed Stone Mountain. Our guide was a former colleague of mine whom I’ve adopted as a kind of surrogate grandfather to Big Man. We’ll call him Go-Pa. Go-Pa used to teach Math, build houses and did a stint in the Army back in the ’60s. Now retired, he is an avid nature and still-life photographer who regularly swims, bikes, travels and climbs.
Though I like to consider myself a bit of a “nature girl” and was actually the one who asked to tag along on Go-Pa’s hike, there were times during our adventure that I silently (and Big Man quite audibly) wanted to retreat to the cabana-covered picnic tables that we saw on our way up. Pretty sad since the hike took only about an hour. Yet my elder friend’s experience and patience (he didn’t seem to mind that our joining him doubled the time it would have taken him to climb solo) helped see us all through patches of woods, up slippery slopes and to the summit where we were able to see treetops and vistas of Atlanta.
One of the reasons I wanted to go on the climb was to teach Big Man a lesson– one that he’d feel in his muscles and bones– about endurance and pacing. I also wanted him to have a solid image in his memory bank of an active, intelligent and creative elder so that he knows that in time he can be that, too.
That said, below are a few of the other photos that we took during our climb and our grubbing on pizza at Fellini’s afterward.