~ in the insect rooms at the Creation Museum
~ Rosemary in Virginia
~ setting up camp at Shenandoah National Park
~ Dark Hollow Falls hike
~ Rosemary helps mail postcards at Byrd Visitor Center
~ our friendly neighborhood black bear,
who frequented our edge-of-the-campground site
(we avoided him, he avoided us!)
~ view from our hotel, Asheville, NC
Too busy soaking up the end of summer, too busy starting more homeschool, too busy working on the upstairs porch (to finish before the chaos of post-Labor Day begins), I wasn't going to sit down with pictures from our trip East. But we had a few minutes today, since I'm waiting to paint until after Jeff finishes trim, (I'm listening to the air compressor and nail gun right now), and decided this was do-able. And that I wanted to do it.
We haven't been East in a long while, the girls never. They added six new states and three new Junior Ranger badges, we visited three National Parks and whatever "National" the Blue Ridge Parkway is. ("National Parkway" the internet tells me.) I'm a list-maker, can you tell? We found places we loved and will visit again and places we mark of the list as been-there-done-that. So many beautiful views, short hikes, chilly nights, (impromptu stop at REI for a better sleeping bag for the girls, this has been the second major trip Greta's frozen at night), grouchy kids, good food, (not so good food), fairy house building, and lots of hilly winding roads where the speed limit is a joke ("Um, yeah, ain't no one going 45mph on this road!" we said more than once). New-to-us Big Red Van now has 3,500 more miles, and we have a different car picture with "123,456" on the odometer.
Hopefully I'll get to the second half of the trip soon, because I'm planning on some quiet around these parts and the summer winds down and the school season picks up.
Thank you for your visit to our family vacation slide show!