Vacation: Hiking

Us hikingToday we decided that we wanted to go hiking. According to the website it was a short drive down the road to where the trail should begin. So we parked the car and began walking to find the entrance. After walking clear through town in feels like temperature over 100 degrees, we still couldn’t find anywhere to hike. So, most of us ducked into some air conditioning while Dad went to bring the car. We were all pretty disappointed that we didn’t get to hike, and at this point were now too tired of walking if we could find where to hike.

Us on rocksAfter we all piled back into the car, Dad continued driving to find some hiking. We found a path that we could drive up the mountain. Now that’s my kind of hiking! We got all of the scenery with none of the work. When we got to the top there was a place to park and we got out and were finally able to do our hiking. We wandered down the path a little ways a found a creek we could play in. It wasn’t quite as good as the waterfall we were supposed to find, but better than nothing. We balanced our way over the rocks in the creek, avoided poison ivy, and made our way through the trees back to the car. It was short, but we all agreed that our hiking requirement had been met.

We drove back to the cabin for a spaghetti dinner followed by a movie on the big theater screen. We lounged around and then went for a soak in the jacuzzi.Family hikingNicDew hikingJesse hikingHiking climbWoodsRocking chairs

Vacation: On the Road Again…

Smoky the BearDay 2 of vacation started off with free breakfast at the hotel.  Then we took off driving again to make it to the cabin.  Today was a much shorter driving day than yesterday.  I slept a lot of the way today, and Jesse did an awesome job keeping us alive on the crazy roads.

River along the roadThe last part of the drive on the way here was gorgeous!  We were on windy roads through the mountains.  Cliffs on one side of the road, and river on the other.  We put the windows down for a little bit to feel the breeze and listen to the river running over the rocks.We don’t see scenery like that at home.

Windy road We made it to the cabin shortly after 3:00.  We had seen pictures online of what the cabin would look like, but it looks even so much nicer in person.  We have plenty of room for all 8 of us to spread out.  There will definitely been plenty of relaxing going on here!

After we had explored around the cabin, we made a grocery run to buy all of the food we will be cooking for the week.  Mom scheduled out for everyone to take turn preparing and cleaning up after meals.  Andrew and Nicole (my brother and his girlfriend) took their turn tonight and made us pizza and salad.  And now we are sitting on the comfy leather couch in front of the fire.  I think this is a great family vacation choice.

Cabin frontCabin sideInside the cabin

Our bedroomUs relaxingCabin pool tableCabin theater room

Vacation: Hittin’ the Road

Jesse drivingToday is day one of vacation.  We left our house this morning at 6:37 am (only 7 minutes behind schedule – YAY).  We are headed to Tennessee for a family vacation with my family.  The rest of the family is driving separately because we couldn’t all fit in one car.  We had to tote some of the stuff for the rest of the family which left us with a very full car load.  It took quite a bit of rearranging before we could get it all to fit.  Good thing we packed up most of it the night before, or else that would have been a problem.  When I planned it out in my head things fit a lot easier.  I thought we would have tons of space in the new car, but once the things were in there the space got a lot smaller.Me on swing

Since we left so early, we beat the rest of the family there by a little more than an hour.  So we found a nearby park and took a walk.  It was nice be outside after a full day of sitting in the car, but it was sooo hot!  There were no kids on the playground because everything was too hot to touch.  But we did swing for a while to catch a little breeze.

We made it to our destination for the night,  Atlanta.  We went to our favorite restaurant, Pappasito’s, that we always eat at when we stop here.  They have really good Mexican food.  We got one big sampler platter to share.  It was so good.

Pappasito's CantinaFamily at dinnerUs at Pappasitos