This weekend David asked me to go hiking up Stone Mountain with him.
Now, I really do love being outdoors, and activities like hiking, but I could be in much better shape, and was terrified I wouldn’t be able to keep up or that my lack of physical fitness would be obvious, especially since David is someone who bikes 50+ miles almost every weekend.
I was also concerned about how to look cute while being physically active. It is pretty hot and humid here this time of year in Atlanta, so I knew I’d be a sweaty mess when climbing up the mountain. I decided to suck it up, and hope he wasn’t one of those guys that expected all women to look good when they sweat or work out – I am not that girl.
I had never been to Stone Mountain, and had no idea what to expect. For those of you that are not from the Atlanta area, or don’t know what Stone Mountain is, it’s a huge dome-shaped mountain of rock. It used to be a rock quarry, and granite minded from the site has been used in numerous building in Washington D.C., including portions of the U.S Capitol Building.
Once we started the walk up the mountain, I was relieved to see the entire path was rock, which made my footing much more sure, and it was a pretty easy climb. The first 3/4’s of the hike was really enjoyable. We stopped just below the summit to take a picture and catch our breath before the hardest part of the climb. It was beautiful. David had timed the hike perfectly so we would be up there as the sun set.
The last 1/4 of the hike was hell. There is a portion with handrails on either side that you have to hold onto because it is so steep. This is when I wanted to die. Once you get past that part, the incline decreases only slightly, and you have a little bit left to go to reach the summit. This is when I started to sweat and I tried to hide my labored breathing as best as I could. At that point I could care less how I looked, I just wanted to get to the top of the damn mountain.
Once we got to the top it was absolutely breathtaking. We could see all of the surrounding area of Atlanta during sunset. The skyline was beautiful. David insisted we sit down to enjoy the view for a bit before starting the trek back down the mountain. Her surprised me with a small bottle of champagne and Godiva chocolate covered berries to celebrate our making it to the top. It was incredibly sweet.
We stayed up there as long as we could, but there was a big storm rolling in and the sun had already set. Luckily David came prepared with strong hiking flashlights and we were able to make the descent really easily despite it already being dark out.
It is really was a great walk up the mountain, and it was so beautiful once we got up there. Afterward we went out to dinner in Inman Park. All in all it was a great date.