Showing posts from August, 2015

quick stop in Durham

After our time in the NC mountains, we headed east to Durham.  Our stay in Durham was quite short, but we enjoyed staying with an old friend outside of town.  Staying at 'Mr. Andrew's' was great fun for the kids, who enjoyed swimming several times.

Hawkins Family Reunion

After our second night in GSMNP, it was time to head to Dillsboro, NC, where we were going to meet up with Katie’s family.  We all stayed in Hannah’s parents spacious home, which is just outside of town.  It was great to be together, and the time passed very quickly.  There were 12 adults and 12 kids, but it seemed that the children had us outnumbered.  For the most part, the cousins played well together and had a great time.  
The weather was warm and humid, but the evenings and mornings were very pleasant.  We were able to do a lot outdoors, with excursions to the river among the highlights.
Kyle took a lot of pictures; we’ve uploaded a sampling of them here.

Summer Travels, Leg 1: Nashville and GSMNP

Our summer trip began with an early morning and a long day, but we made it to Nashville in time for dinner with our friends, the Packers.  (Kyle and the Wrangler were roommates at TU).   In spite of less than ideal weather, we had a good visit with the Wrangler and Amy and their young sons, Everett and Holden, who is a very content young man.  (He was in a good mood the whole time we were there.)  As you can see, the Packers' tree fort was a big hit w/ our kids.
On the Packer's recommendation, we stopped at Burgess Falls State Park.  After passing a smaller waterfall, we made it to the larger falls, which were very impressive and had a lot of water from recent rains.  It was a very pleasant hike along the river, and we were glad we stopped.  

After stopping in Knoxville for groceries and a picnic lunch, we made it to Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  We camped at the Elkmont campground, which was rustic (i.e., no showers or electric outlets in most of the bathrooms) but gr…