One of our most anticipated times of the year is our traditional trip to the mountains with my family. We stay at a little old campground in crooked creaky A-frames which often have little night visitors, and we claim the campground as our domain. We canoe, go down the zipline, clamber up the climbing wall, tempt little fishies and ducks with morsels, breathe in that scented mountain air, hike, shop, eat, and enjoy the beauty.
Alden wants to sit on all of them, you can see it in his eyes.
Arkansas Blacks was the logical first stop, my husband's favorite.
"What strange new land is this? It's full of apples for the taking!"
Happily carrying one another's burden.
Pink Ladies. Yummy and gorgeous. These you could see from a mile away, their color is so striking in comparison to the rest.
Thrilled to be here.
Back at the A-frame, Rhianwen received her much anticipated American Girl doll, Marie-Grace from NannyKim and Grandpa. You can tell she is overjoyed.
Feeding the fish with goldfish...does anyone else find this funny in a macabre sort of way?
Zipline. It was hard to tell what Corwin thought of it, but I guess he liked it b/c he wanted to do it again and again.
Not hard to tell here.
Climbing wall is a piece of cake when you have small feet and hands.
As I said, piece of cake.
Seeing a waterfall.
At the falls. Why isn't Christopher in this? Hm. We were so disappointed that Skip couldn't be with us.
My heart is beating a little faster as I contemplate the possibilities of a fall into the falls, but it doesn't stop me from the photo-frenzy.
Soccer with Uncle Christopher. Team Bare Feet vs. Team Boots. Who do you think won?
S'mores. Have to.
Hiking Black Balsam. This hike is refreshing and gorgeous. It takes you across bald peaks, so the land is spread out below nearly the entire time.
Can't get enough of this. Wally and I daydream about backpacking here one day.
Another place on the parkway. I love the shadow patterns the clouds cast on the mountains.
Back at home homeschooling it again. Oh wait, don't the mountains and apple orchard count as a field trip or outdoor lab or something?
Here you go mommy.