Today was the final day of Spring Term 2017. We loaded up the bus and made our way to the Visitor Center at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield National Park, the site of a major civil war battle and home to a plethora of many excellent hiking trails.
Fun fact: Kennesaw Mountain is the most visited national park in the United States. How cool!
We began with a video that told the story of the battle that happened right here in our home town. We learned that many men gave their lives in this bloody battle. The civil war was very political and often split families apart. However there were often times when a temporary peace was called so that the dead could be buried. To us it was crazy to think you could go right back to battle after spending 2 hours befriending someone fighting for the other side.
The biggest part of the day was a strenuous 6 mile hike up one side of the mountain and down the other to our final destination at the Illinois Monument at Cheatham Hill, the site of perhaps the most intense fighting.
The hike gave us the opportunity to view the natural world in our community and bask in the amazing views at the top of the mountain. We were able to see almost all of Cobb county, Atlanta, and even Stone Mountain! It was an incredible experience. The Lord blessed us well; rarely is the view so clear (the weather was also fantastic).
Exhausted and hungry, we jumped on the bus and treated ourselves to a delicious Italian meal at Doro’s Italian Restaurant in Acworth. (F.Y.I.: the calzone is fantastic.)
The lesson learned today was to treasure what we have right at home in Cobb County. Kennesaw Mountain is a gem that many of us take for granted. While the hiking was not nearly as fast as driving, we should all learn to slow down a little bit and enjoy the natural world that God has given us.
Local Legacy was absolutely exquisite. We all owe a great deal of thanks to the people who so graciously took time out of their own lives to give us such a great experience and opportunity. We are thankful for the bus drivers who took us back and forth and back and forth all around Cobb County this week. We are so thankful for Mr. Suttle who chaperoned us and shared in this great experience. We are all so thankful for Mr. Shaffer who has shown us so much about our home that we didn’t know and for putting up with us with the utmost patience and kindness. What a great community we live in!
– Vinny Inesta, senior