Sunday Excursion to Kennesaw Mountain

Justin, Christian, Danielle, and Optimus at Kennesaw's summit.

Justin, Christian, Danielle, and Optimus at Kennesaw’s summit.

I’ve read Aron Ralston’s Between a Rock and a Hard Place more times than I can count. I live by it; I learn from it.  And Ralston’s take on hiking is one of my favorites: “Mountains are the means, the man is the end. The goal is not to reach the top of the mountains, but to improve the man.”

And so, with the day off on Sunday, some of our NCAA.com family set off to conquer Kennesaw Mountain.

Christian, Danielle, and Danielle’s dog, Optimus, met at my house and we headed out, picking up Justin along the way. When we pulled into Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, we were a little surprised to see how many people had also thought it to be a perfect day for a hike. “We should have found a more hipster mountain…Kennesaw’s too mainstream for us!” Justin joked, before we got out of the car and made our way up the trail.

After hiking at Kennesaw alone two weeks before because of the government shutdown, hiking with my friends was the best change of pace. We laughed the entire way up the mountain, told stories, talked about whatever was on our minds, and the fall foliage made for the absolute perfect backdrop. Even the puppy was loving his first hike, taking everything in…and occasionally chasing down children, wanting to play with the sticks they were holding. Despite being worried about the chilly weather, the sun came out and we couldn’t have asked for a better day.

The view from the summit was perfect, looking out over Atlanta and the rest of North Georgia, and was made even better by the company.

The drive home was full of Taylor Swift karaoke and rap battles, and I couldn’t stop smiling at what a fun day it had been. I didn’t realize how much I had needed a day out with my friends until we reached the summit and I stood there with them taking it all in.

A perfect Sunday Funday, indeed.

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