Quite a few posts here on our trips to Arabia Mountain. Technically speaking, the mountain that we climb is named Bradley Mountain and the one directly next to it is Arabia Mountain. We only found that out when we were looking at maps of the area. Yesterday, we marched down one mountain and carefully, picked our way over the rubble to the next one. It looks as though the next mountain over was heavily, heavily quarried and it makes you wonder how much of it was taken away... Maybe it is just me, but I think that I will call that one the Quarried Mountain and I will continue to call the first one Arabia. The whole area is called Davidson/Arabia Mountain Preserve. Why does everything have to be so complicated? We climbed Arabia on Sunday and we also went late this afternoon, very late...we just made it back before it got dark. Every time we see the mountain, everything looks different, depending upon the light. The light! It is what the artists always talk about when they paint, isn't it? But there is a reason, you see, if the light is just right, it makes all the difference in the world!
Perhaps in the spring, there will more life on that next mountain over but Quarried Mountain will be my name for it...
Look at that photo above, can you see that someone has taken the rocks and built them into a wall? I wonder who did that? You see, you really want to take all these rocks and put them into some kind of order and beauty.
There, that's more like it. Back on the mountain that we love to visit!
Who knows, perhaps we will grow to love the Quarried Mountain too?
Here is Richard looking back at that mountain that we just left...
how much was blasted away? We read that these mountains are FIVE HUNDRED
MILLION YEARS OLD. So, correct me if I am wrong, but they made it that far and the Quarried Mountain was destroyed in the 20th century?
On a positive note, there was a mention of my blog on someone's facebook page about my posts on Arabia Mountain! And I was informed that there is indeed a covered bridge on the walking/bike trail which is on the other side of the road from Arabia Mountain. It was exciting to discover that the construction of it was designed to honor Horace King, who was a famous bridgebuilder during the Civil War period. Horace King was a former slave who bought his freedom and was very well known for his covered bridges in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. Look him up! I think this is fascinating!
His son, Washington King, built the covered bridge that is now at Stone Mountain. (This bridge was from the late 1880's but was moved to Stone Mountain in the early 1960's.) Look for the photo of the covered bridge on this trail...I WILL find it and photograph it one day, I promise!