There are too many pictures, but I have a really hard time narrowing it down.
Day 1: We couldn't leave til after Thomas got home from campus (he was still teaching) so we got to the campground around 5:00. We put up the tent, built a fire, ate dinner (tin foil dinners and s'mores), did a very short portion of a flashlight walk, put the boys to bed, and stayed up talking by the campfire.
Day 2: After a breakfast of bacon and eggs, we took a drive around the Cades Cove loop road and stopped at a few of the old, historical buildings. We spent the most time at Cable Mill, a 19th-century mill that is still functioning. Jamie received his junior ranger badge. We had a picnic lunch by one of the old homes. When we got back to the campsite, Jacob took a nap in the tent and Jamie dug in the rocks while Thomas and I read and dozed. After everyone was awake, we went and played in Abrams Creek and had seriously the best time. Then we built our fire/ate dinner (hot dogs and chili and more s'mores)/got the boys in bed/sat by the campfire and talked.
|Jamie thought this was a beaver's lodge. I don't think it really was, but it did look a lot like it.|
|Jacob's favorite thing to do: build towers.|
Day 3: After a cold breakfast, the boys played around the campsite while we got everything taken down and packed back in the car. Then we headed home!
|trying out big brother's bed|
|"Show me your king-of-the-rock face."|