Kim had a few more days of work while Todd and Cindy were here, so we decided to go hiking.

On Thursday, we wandered around the southern end of the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield.

The park was much larger than we thought, and we ended up walking a bit longer than we’d planned, but it was great fun.

One of the cooler aspects of the park is that because it’s a National Battlefield, there are museum-style markers scattered along the trail with explanations of what happened on the spot, or how the Union or Confederate troops built earthworks, or with cannons on display.

This monument overlooks the battlefield where Union troops charged the weak point in the lines defending the mountain. The land was bought by survivors from Illinois and given to their state for this memorial.

Todd and I drove up to Red Top near Mom’s the next morning and hiked out to Lake Allatoona. We were the first ones there.