Stone Mountain Date Night

Stone Mountain Sunset
Perfect Sunset

It all started with an email I received on Tuesday Apr 6th.
while I was walking around monitoring my kids…i came up with the BEST idea. 🙂

I know it’s going to be a long week for both of us, so I want us to have something to look forward to….so do me a favor? keep your plans for Friday night free. the whole night. I got a lil something up my sleeve. 🙂

We both knew that Friday didn’t really have any thing going on, and Jess could sense that I was feeling a bit of the gloom monster. So she cooked up this crazy idea. She wouldn’t tell me, but she did send me several hints though out the week. Actually, they were “sniperhints”.

Tue, Apr 6, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Plans are in the works…there’s so much to do,
our date is gonna rock; I can’t wait for the view!

Tue, Apr 6, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Timing is crucial, I cannot tell a lie,
5:30 is the time to be ready by!

Tue, Apr 6, 2010 at 1:50 PM

These details are getting much harder to hide…
wouldn’t you love it if our date was outside??

Wed, Apr 7, 2010 at 7:58 AM

Thanks for an awesome start to the day,
and our secret date is only two days away!

Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 10:47 AM

There’s one thing I’m confident to bet…
alcohol on Friday you’ll probably regret!

Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 12:55 PM

One last thing, to prevent the blues,
wear comfy clothes, especially your shoes!

Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 10:44 AM

There isn’t a lot that’s left to be said…
in the bag please put the blanket that’s red

By this time I was super intrigued as to what she had planned. My initial thoughts were of Stone Mountain, but then it kinda swayed from that. While getting ready for the date on Friday night, I put on my shorts, a t-shirt, and my shoes. She said that I should probably wear something a bit more exercisey. So I switched over to my running shorts and shirt. This threw me off even more. I was thinking that maybe some sort of bootcamp or race or something.

As it turns out, it was a hike up Stone Mountain, followed by a light dinner while watching the sun set, then a hike back down. I was STOKED when I found out. I had only ever been up there once and that was this past winter. Back then it was way too cold and we had Chase so staying up past sunset was ill advised. This time however, the weather was perfect and we got to watch the whole thing.

It was a great experience. We found a cozy spot, sat out our food, enjoyed the chatter of other people around us, shared some good laughs, etc. It was just a great date. One that I won’t soon forget (or hopefully ever).

After the sun set, we decided to start heading back down. However, either the uber Gatorade or the crisp air or something made us decide that it would be a good idea to run down and see how fast we could go. It was actually a ton of fun. I had a backpack so it was a bit wonky for me, but we zoomed along, jumping from rock to rock, darting here and there between the trees and slow people. Of course we had to stop and/or slow down every now and then, but for the most part it was rush running down the side of a mountain. I can’t wait to go back and do it again.

So that was that. A date that didn’t involve excessive quantities of drinking or dancing or being up until the ass crack of dawn. No exuberant  amount of money was spent on a dinner and waiter. It was simply two people enjoying the company of the other person and a huge piece of granite. I’m eager to hike back up and improve the pace on both the up and down. I love Jess for coming up with the perfect date. I will certainly have my work cut out for me to top this one.

For anyone that cares to join us, we have a parking season pass so we’ll be going back quite often.

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