We’re back. Whew. What a ride. I’m tired and not thinking clearly, so I don’t even know what I’m going to write about… Maybe I’ll just share a few highlights of our trip tonight and then tell you the rest of the story on Monday. (We’re leaving tomorrow evening for a family reunion/overnighter at a camp near Cincinnati.) Maybe by Monday I will have forgotten the not-so-romantic moments…
Before I forget, the hokies part of my title is due to the fact that Gabe is watching VT on TV and is feeling a bit conflicted about his rash decision to become an all-out Buckeyes fan. Please pray for him as he agonizes over this difficult life choice.
Back to the Smokies, Friday through Sunday the weather was gorgeous–sunny and warm. The trees were beautiful. The Knoxville Zoo was fun and free, thanks to our C-bus Zoo Memberships. Monday through Wednesday was brrrrrr cold but still pretty.
Like I mentioned before, I didn’t set my expectations too high for this trip. I’ve just learned not to do that when traveling with little people. I did have one goal–to see a bear in the wild. I’ve been to the Smokies three times before, and I’ve seen one bear.
Well, I saw my bear. Seven of them actually. It was AWESOME. My husband and daughters saw nine, but I missed out on the first mama and her cub, because I was holding Nina in the van on my lap while she threw up carrots all over me. (Oh, but that’s a story for Monday.) Anyway, a couple days later, we saw a mama bear and 2 babies. Then yesterday, we saw a mama and 3 babies. Oh, they were so cute.
Not so cute were the mama raccoon and her 2 big babies who somehow knocked off the 400 pound rock we put on top of the trash can on our porch at the cabin and ate the cheese off our taco bell wrappers and carried Nina’s baby food containers away to their den. Pesky little critters.
The girls did great on our long hikes up mountains to see waterfalls. Nina loved the backpack. Gabe’s back did not. I already mentioned the beautiful leaves. We saw lots of deer. Our hot tub was sweet. We got a fun Old Tyme photo taken. We watched lots of people make candy. Livi’s one wish was that the zoo would have camels. Sure enough. They had some really neat animals. I washed out lots of pukey clothes by hand in our hotel bathtub. (oh, wait–that’s for Monday) I read most of a really cool book called Sabbath-Keeping and have big plans to stop being so busy. I’ll have to look back through pictures to see what else we did. I’ll post some soon–or direct you to Gabe’s blog as I’m sure he’ll put some up.
I didn’t have any contact with the internet for an entire week, and it was wonderful. It’s good to be back though. I missed all my new friends and hearing how big their babies are and how the morning sickness is going and whose fish died and how much everyone’s jobs stink. 🙂
Have a great Friday!