Turner and his bud enjoying the view at the top of the mountain
Happy hikers on a snack breakLast time we stayed in Franklin, North Carolina. This time we decided to stay in Highlands just to be closer to the trails and action. While I am not very outdoorsy, I always love to tag along with people with a plan. They made it so easy - they picked the place back in the Spring, the weekend, etc. and then we met before to talk about food, logistics, etc. Very unlike me, but my friend inspires me. Also last year we made the rule that it is an all casual trip - so we don't pack anything except play clothes, workout clothes and pajamas. Done, done and done!
"Big kids" watching a movie. Short lived.
And their wild siblings
Better picture of the "babies" - who aren't really babies anymore. Looking big eating with everyone at the tableIt was so relaxing! I should live life more organized - it was great to get up there and not have to think about meals. We shared breakfasts and dinners (took turns), and lunch we were on our own. I usually develop a nervous tick without going to eat for several days, and this year we went to a delicious lunch at Carolina Barbecue so I got my fix.
Best family pic I could get with the lighting...I took my big camera but never took it out of the cabin
Let's just say John Burke wasn't quite ready for the whole hike every day. Wimped out a couple of times. Ugh. Luckily Daddy has been doing boot camp lately:)
Playing cards on the porch - not nearly as fun as our adult game of Spades. Which unfortunately the boys won repeatedly:(
My favorite picture. We hiked down to a waterfall, and of course my boys wanted to swim. Luckily they compromised with just taking shirts, socks and shoes off. The water was freezing - a man just behind us was in a full wet suit with his dog.
We were even able to swing by and visit cousin Ellie for lunch in Atlanta on our way home. One more weekend of our summer - it has been fun and carefree. Now I am waving the white flag, and we are all ready for school next week!! Thankful for one last GREAT trip with great friends to close out our summer!