Our time spent in The Smokey Mountains was wonderful! The weather was so cool during the day, it felt like air conditioning. It smelled like trees and the place we were staying, Maggie Valley, felt like the tiny mountain towns I spent my early childhood in. Plus, I believe there’s no stress that can’t be cured by putting your feet in a cold mountain stream.
We were advised to go to Asheville, NC by several friends. I’m cheap, so we didn’t end up staying in any of the campsites actually in Asheville. Instead, we stayed 30 mins outside of the city, in Maggie Valley. The campground looked a little sketchy at first, but as we so often find, after a day we got used to the place and liked it a lot! We did end up driving though the town of Asheville a couple of times, but felt like it was a little too big for us to get a handle on with only a week there, and so we ended up spending most of our time in the little towns surrounding Maggie Valley and loved them!
Another day, when it was a little rainy, I took the kids to a bounce house, at Bean’s request. That kids just loves bounce houses! We had the place to ourselves and it was a great time!
As a special treat, I took the girls horseback ridding one afternoon. I love ridding horses, and so does Lou. Bean, not so much we found out.
I took the kids to The Great Smokey Mountains one day. We had gone once before in 2013, but it had been awhile and the kids saw the place with new eyes. As in, they didn’t remember it from before.
We also took a hike with the whole family in the park one day and several more hikes to waterfalls, all when Joe got off of work.
Here’s a video of us hiking in the Smokey Mountains in 2013. Jonah’s there too, just in my belly, so he’s not on the screen.
And sometimes this week, we just hung out too.
The girls also meet a pair of 4 and 7 year old sisters and played with them every second we were at the campsite. One night, Joe and I went over to their camp fire and had a good time for a few hours. Always fun making new friends!
There was also a big Memorial Day Dance and Live Music the last night we were there. We all danced the night away, and Lou got to dance IN the show later that night! Gota get that girl some cloggin’ shoes!
It was a sweet time, and we’d definitely go back!