|The Howards at Laurel Falls|
We took an awesome trip to the Great Smoky Mountains last weekend. We all had a great time. We went hiking, creek jumping, picnicking, shopping in Gatlinburg, out for ice cream (twice...don't judge me, we were on vacation!), and all in all had a blast.
|Mommy and her favorite Maggie|
|Maggie right before she fell in|
|Laurel Falls is a fun place to play|
|Maggie has the best seat in the house to Laurel Falls|
Cam and I took turns toting the girls on the trails. (Okay, Cam did most of the toting, but I did help!) Handily, the frame pack he bought for an elk hunt can double as a child carrier. The girls enjoyed hopping off and down. We hike Laurel Falls and Chimney Tops. Chimney Tops is some business, let me tell you. I did not tote much on that hike. It was some serious stuff. I was really impressed by how much the girls hiked on their own two feet. Kids have so much energy!
|Enjoying rock jumping and picnicking|
|Three bear cubs in Cades Cove|
|Morels from home frying with venison brats|
|Maggie munches lunch at our picnic spot|
|Silly family in the Smokies|
|Mommy dictating Lila's journal entry||\|
"Next, we got to the campsite, and we couldn't find room! So, Daddy searched and searched and
finally we found one. And, we goed scooting. It was glorious. I thought the Smoky Mountains
wouldn't look like it was. The moral of this writing is have an open mind when you don't expect all of
the adventure to the Smoky Mountains or any other mountains." Amen, Lila, Amen.