|See all the lights secured to the trunk and branches of this tree?|
|Another post-card from Richard! (I LOVE this!)|
|See all the lights on this building?|
From my last post, the photo of the building covered in Christmas lights was from "Crossroads" which is what they call the area just in front of Stone Mountain. There are shops and restaurants there and beginning the first week of November, they start covering all the buildings and fences, the trees and the bushes with thousands of lights. It is very pretty, especially with Stone Mountain in the background! (Every night beginning at Thanksgiving, I believe, there is a parade for children with a pretty snow angel and Santa Claus.) Stone Mountain Park is unusual in that, strictly speaking, it is owned by the state of Georgia but the same company who owns DOLLYWOOD in Tennessee, the Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, has a long-term contract with the state so this company is responsible for all the shows, the cable-cars, the famous "Laser Show" on the Carving, the "Ride The Ducks" on the lake, the Snow-Mountain (they make snow for it), the train around the base of the mountain, and all the restaurants and places to shop. The Stone Mountain Memorial Association is responsible for all the NATURAL areas of the Park, which takes up two-thirds of Stone Mountain Park. You must KNOW that is what is most important to me! Which is wonderful since the park covers 3200 acres! You may read about SMMA here. And you may see the site about Stone Mountain just here. Anything that the theme park side of it wishes for Stone Mountain Park must be approved by the SMMA. Recently, when I read that a water park was planned for Stone Mountain Park, I was on the phone to make sure that none of the large trees would be cut down! I wish that there were more for people, especially for children, to tell them about the nature that is all around them and which a good many of them do not even notice.
|This is where they make SNOW MOUNTAIN! (All must be dismantled in early March.)|
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas day, wherever you are in the world! I appreciate you reading my blog and I am thankful for YOU!