Picked the kids up from the church, as they had been at church camp all week. We have done this deliberately the last 2 years... they are very talkative the first hour or so, telling us EVERYTHING about camp. Then they spent the next few hours chilling, because they were SO exhausted! Spent the night in Lexington, KY.
Woke up late... ate at Crackle Barrel (what Sis calls it), then drove, drove, drove some more. Got into our area and were SHOCKED by the crowds of people! Stopped @ grocery store & headed to our cabin we're staying at. (Are you thrilled beyond words yet at how exciting our trip was up to this point?) Cooked dinner (say WHAT???) and enjoyed each other.
Woke up even later... and were super lazy for most of the day. We let the kids catch up on their lack of sleep from camp. Then we got all cleaned up and headed into town. We went to the outlet mall (yay!), then to Corky's BBQ, which is Don's 2nd favorite place for ribs (he can give you the top 3 places if you ask him). It was DELISH!
Went to the Dollywood water park (that's not really what it's called, but it's attached to Dollywood, and I'm too lazy to go find out what it was really called) ALL day long. I could have taken pictures, I guess, but if Momma's in charge of the camera (and I am), there is NO ONE who will be taking my photo in a swimsuit! So, you'll just have to imagine the fun. And it WAS fun!
We headed to the National Park, and drove into North Carolina to go hiking as a family. The kids aren't completely into hiking, but they know how much I enjoy it, so they go along willingly.
We drove 2 hours into the National Park (I keep wanting to call it a forest for some reason). What beautiful views! Then we stopped at a recreational area (Tsali), where Don mountain biked while the kids and I hiked. We stopped for a hillbilly bath (that's what Bub called it),