Fall break, part 2

On Wednesday, we packed up the camper and went a little farther east to join Liz and the kids and Mama Judy at Pickett State Park. They stayed in a cabin, and we stayed in our camper (Well, Jake and I did…the kids just spent the night in the cabin, because they never miss a chance to spend the night somewhere!). Again, BEAUTIFUL weather, the whole time we were there. We had a great time. We did LOTS of hiking. It is so nice that all the kids are big enough to hike now. Although…we may have gotten a little ambitious one day. Thursday we drove over to Big South Fork, and decided to do a 2 mile hike to Angel Falls, a major rapid on the Cumberland River. It was beautiful, but 4 miles with 6 kids, 2 of them under 6 might have been a little much. We all survived, though. 🙂 There was a swinging bridge at the park that the kids had a blast on, and one day we rented canoes and canoed all around the little lake, which was so much fun! There was big cave called “Hazard Cave” that was all the kids’ favorite part. We even hiked back on the last day, and played a big game of German Spotlight in there for forever. It was really big and open on one side, and had just enough light for the kids to see where they were going, and tons of big rocks to play on. It was great. At night we put the kids to bed and Jake, Liz, Mama Judy, and I played hand and foot, possibly the best card game ever invented. Jake and Liz are ALWAYS the winners, but it is still a ton of fun. And Mama Judy and I actually won one time! That was nothing short of a miracle. 

It was a great trip! Have I ever mentioned how much I love fall break?

Love this picture of my Jack man in the cave. He’s not afraid of anything. 

All the kids in Hazard cave…

Angel Falls

The really cool natural bridge.

Halfway through our 4 mile hike!

Fall Break, part 1

Better late than never, right? 🙂

Our fall break was awesome. We camped the whole time, and it was the most PERFECT weather we could have ever asked for. 

For the first part of fall break, we went camping at Dale Hollow Dam with Mom and Dad, Ta and Tommy, and Nana. Mr. Rick and Mrs. Nancy and some of their family was there, too. It was such a wonderful trip. So relaxing. We rode bikes, I got to run with my Daddy and Jake, Josie went squirrel hunting for the first time with Pappy and Daddy, we visited the fish hatchery, the kids spent the night in with Grammy and Pappy and with Ta and Tommy (I think they only spent a couple of nights in our camper!), we went hiking around the swinging bridge island and let the kiddos explore the caves, and there was lots of sitting in the sun and reading books. It was even cold enough to sit around a fire and not roast. 🙂 Wonderful, wonderful.