This past weekend we went camping in the Smokies, just for one night. It was Thomas and Jamie's first time ever camping! Overall, we had a fabulous time (Thomas claims that it was "life-changing" and he wishes he had done Boy Scouts), but it was colder than we expected it to be and we got drizzled on for most of the trip. We also got stuck in horrible traffic on the way back and had to spend nearly 2 hours in Gatlingburg-Pigeon Forge-Sevierville, these annoying little tourist trap towns right outside the national park. Still, I think we will do it again. Oh, and a shout out to our friends Tony and Linnea for letting us borrow their tent and sleeping bags!
We started our day with a 3 hour hike in the mountains. Jamie walked about half of the time, far more than he ever has before! Seeing his interest in and reactions to all the scenery, plants, rocks, etc really made it so much fun.
|Jamie's 2 favorite parts: playing in the water...|
|...and finding this snail.|
|this picture really doesn't capture how terrifying this bridge was|
|not a ton of fall colors on our hike, but we did get some!|
When we got back, it was already getting close to dinner time, so Thomas got to make his first ever campfire. Jamie was keenly interested in helping as well. It was a success, and we had a yummy dinner and then, of course, SMORES!
|Jamie's first ever smore.|
|One thing I forgot was Jamie's gloves, so he spent the morning wearing my extra socks on his hands.|