Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Now I know why people do this full-time!

We are having the time of our lives! Right now we are in town (Charlottesville, VA) at a laundromat washing our dirty duds. We started out on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, our first stop to camp was Mount Pisgah National Park. It was a really nice place (with a shower!!) to camp. That is where we discovered how much Claire likes hiking. Who wouldn't like to hike like that?



They also had quite a few beautiful waterfalls. LOVE.


Monday we visited Biltmore. AMAZING! Did you know that kids 9 and under get in free? Yep, all of our kids got in free. Score! We made a day of it and the kids loved it! When we got back to camp Monday night we decided to move on, we packed up camp, like ninjas, and within an hour we were on the road Headed for Shenandoah National Forest. We pulled in sometime between 3 and 4 Tuesday morning. 
Our home for the next day or so is Loft Mountain National Park, our camp is just a few yards from the Appalachian Trail! I have to say, the campground here is awesome, each site has it's own little yard. The kids love it. I took a 5 minute shower this morning for $1! Ha! Yep, there are only a couple of pay showers, but I'm grateful for them!

Did I mention the view? God Really out-did himself here...There just aren't any words... 

I have NO IDEA where we may go next! And to tell you the truth, I don't even care! We feel like a whole new world has been opened up for us. I love waking up everyday knowing that we will remember that day for the rest of our lives! I hope to check-in again soon, but if I can't, I'll be back in 8 days! xo, Sam

10 comments:

SAnderson said...

Loved your pictures. My parents always took me and my brother camping in the Smokeys and Blue Ridge Mountains when we were kids. Mount Pisgah was one of the places we always stopped at. Thanks again for the post and pictures, it brought back some great memories of my own.

Sharly girl said...

Looks like y'all are having fun and can't wait to see the pics and hear the stories. Their aunt Kim said she can't wait to have them over when y'all get back. & Ben's rockin the 5 o'clock shadow lol.



Love,
The walls clan

affectioknit said...

What fun to see such lovely picture of my hometown in the fall...I really miss the mountains...

Kristin said...

So jealous! That looks like a lot of work...but sooo much fun! Your kids are going to remember this the rest of their lives. :)

Laurie said...

A wonderful time for your family!

My husband wants to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. I don't know that my feet can handle that.

Anonymous said...

O, Sam!! I'm loven your posts!!! I love C'ville, my son and his family live there - adn I love the mts and the Shenandoah Valley!! Hope you get to go up Humback adn to the visitor's center there!!!
Barbara O

Melissa said...

You are taking the most awesome vacations ever!! I'm jealous! I am heading to Charlottesville myself today, showing family around and taking them to Ash Lawn-Highland for some history. Hope you all enjoy your stay here in C'ville, its a great town!

Bethany said...

Man I am so jealous! I want to travel so bad :)

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh look at your children growing up!! Gorgeous!!
My old neighbour from Sydney (Australia) lives in Charlottesville Virginia, she has the opposite to us with 3 boys & a girl. They have a beautiful life with all their own produce, even honey!! I love her life, right down to the red barns with white trimmings. Love Posie

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I can see that you really love your family and your having good times together. Nice photos. Very inspiring story !