We are on our long awaited vacation-that-we-didn't-really-plan. We thought we were heading to a conference in Nashville. Since our condo was flooded out, we ended up with a week in the Smoky Mountains. Definitely a good thing. Our mantra has been "This vacation is for us to rest." Consequently, it is 9:00am in the morning and other than Jerome and I, only one kid is up. Highly unusual for this family of up at 6:30am and doin' life by 7:00am. There have been days we didn't get out of the condo until noon. We have been having lots of fun.
We have seen a lot of critters:
We also saw a bear cub on our first day out. We were a little bit of a distance and so totally in the moment that we didn't get picture.
Jerome has been doing a lot of this:
Driving us from place to place!
We got in a little fishing -- but didn't catch anything.
Had lunch on the river.
We have beein in two places at once.
We have seen some beautiful scenery:
Hiking has been really fun.
We took an auto tour of a place called Cades Cove and got the feel for how people lived here in the 1800's before it was a National Park. This is one of my favorite pictures:
Just hanging out at the condo has been fun too. They have a miniature water park and pools ...
Today we plan on a little shopping -- tomorrow more rest and swimming. It has been quite a different trip from our Washington DC, Amtrak- Metro ridin' adventure just six months ago. This trip we have slept more -- read more and had far less of an agenda. We turned off the TV's and just let the kids watch a movie at night that we rented from a local store. Most days we start so late and end so late that the kids can be up until midnight watching that movie -- and we don't even care. I have barely been able to bring myself to check e-mail ... we have unplugged and got away from our life for a bit. Nice.