Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The "close to home" vacation

When our beach plans became postponed until spring, we decided to spend a few days in the North Carolina high country, then do fun things near home this week.

Sunday, Day 1:

Monday, Day 2
the Blowing Rock, Daniel Boone Gardens, 2 playgrounds

Tuesday, Day 3:
the village of Blowing Rock (a.k.a. "Mitford"), including the Bass Pond, and the Blue Ridge Parkway to Linville Caverns

yes that's a bat!

Ethan is now totally in to rock climbing (as if a boy needs encouragment there!), Anna Kate was thrilled to sit on a makeshift empty ice cream bucket potty at a remote spot in the Parkway and pee outside (quote: "I love to pee outside!" more than once - memo to self: get that girl an outhouse for Christmas!) , Rose was carried through the cavern intoning, "drip, drip, drip" in her chirpy little voice, I got to see "Father Tim's church"... we had a great time - and it's not over yet!


Rachel A said...

Wow you are a brave Mom. That picture of Anna Kate on the cliff gives me a real nervous stomach and that is just a photograph!

Alicia said...

What the photo doesn't show is her daddy standing less than a foot behind her ready to grab her ankles. And the fact that it's really a wide rock area leading up to it, so it would be very difficult to fall over. And the fall is actually only about 12-15 feet to a sidewalk that runs underneath the rock. All that to say that my initial reaction when I saw the rock was, "don't climb on or go near those rocks!", but it really wasn't as scary or dangerous as it first appears to be.