Our first full morning found us packing and having breakfast at the seriously unfabulous Knoxville Clarion Inn. But that's OK because we knew we had some miles to go and many, many, many stops along the way. The town of Cleveland, TN was a two-fer: a webcam and a virtual. Not much else.
|The Village Green Webcam Cache GCHFG6 - it was down. Bummer.|
Today, if you visit the mausoleum, you will notice red streaks the color of blood appear on it. The stories say that the bloody stains first began to appear on the Craigmiles mausoleum after Nina was interred there. With the death of each family member, the stains grew darker and more noticeable. Some of the locals began to believe that the marks were blood, coming from the stone itself, in response to the tragedies suffered by the family.
|The Blood Stained Mausoleum GCKNVT|
|The Unknown GC518E|
The next day we visited Oakland Cemetery where the captured had been interred, hung and buried in an unmarked grave (they were eventually reburied here). In Oakland Cemetery (somewhere... we ran out of time plus it was so blasted hot!) is a headstone for the Confederate conductor of the train.The Great Locomotive Chase was a military raid that occurred April 12, 1862, in northern Georgia during the American Civil War. Volunteers from the Union Army commandeered a train and took it northward toward Chattanooga, Tennessee, doing as much damage as possible to the vital Western and Atlantic Railroad (W&A) line from Atlanta to Chattanooga as they went. They were pursued by Confederate forces at first on foot, and later on a succession of locomotives.Because the Union men had cut the telegraph wires, the Confederates could not send warnings ahead to forces along the railway. Confederates eventually captured the raiders and executed some quickly as spies; some others were able to flee. Some of the raiders were the first to be awarded the Medal of Honor by the US Congress for their actions.
|The Great Chase #3 GC5148|
|Rest in Peace GC4E66|
|I See You! GCPB7G|
They have an Incline Railway
|The Most Amazing Mile GCMFYC|
|Our first Alabama cache: Barn Art GC3W3RJ|
I sent this picture to my Dad, laughing at our Alabama
experience. He promptly told my brother (who lent us
his car for this adventure). It wasn't long before I receive
the text from him. Uh oh! Busted! He said we're nuts!
|The Chieftains Trail - Chieftains Museum GCG00X|
Fearful that the neighbors would have issues if we attempted this past dark, we skipped the hotel and dealt with Atlanta rush hour traffic to reach the small residential community. These people have money! Pulling into the designated parking near the tennis courts and swimming pool, we headed around the courts and towards the pretty little pond (lined with oh so many No Trespassing signs!). Walking 300 feet, brushing off mosquitoes and watching the sun dip down, we found our prize.
|We did it! Beaver Cache GC1D|
After discussing our options, TaGeez and I decided we should stop at Stone Mountain on the way to our hotel. We figured we'd have no time in the morning, and we had hoped it would be a little cooler than midday. We were correct about the former but not the latter - 91 degrees after dark!
The beginning of the famed Appalachian trail, Stone Mountain is equal parts state park and tourist mecca. It is famous for it's Confederate bas-relief (and light show) on the North wall of the mountain. It took three artists 56 years to complete - the first artist, Gutzom Borgium, went on to create Mount Rushmore.
The largest high relief sculpture in the world, the Confederate Memorial Carving, depicts three Confederate heroes of the Civil War, President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson.
The entire carved surface measures three-acres, larger than a football field and Mount Rushmore. The carving of the three men towers 400 feet above the ground, measures 90 by 190 feet, and is recessed 42 feet into the mountain. The deepest point of the carving is at Lee's elbow, which is 12 feet to the mountain's surface.Now, before you ask, no, we didn't get the Tour of Stone Mountain (June 2000) Multicache. There was too many stages, too much climbing and we were running out of time. We did, however, grab a few more Virtuals before riding into the sunset.