The road trip memoirs continue…this time instead of driving more (we like to break up the travel days for the little guy) the plan was to stay close to Boone NC and enjoy the local attractions. Here’s the first day if you missed it 🙂
Waking up in the mountains is amazing. It makes me want to curl up in a comfy chair and enjoy a burning-your-tongue cup of hot chocolate with an oversized blanket and just breathe in the view and the crispness that burns tears into your eyes and makes you breathe a little deeper.
(the view from our balcony)
We didn’t really have any set plans after breakfast – just to get ready and go to Grandfather Mountain. We saw a brochure that showed the amazing views and it talked about an area with animals and a fudge shop. We were totally in when we heard fudge.
Will loves brushing his teeth. LOVES it. Mildly obsessed is probably more accurate. I am mildly obsessed with his new hiking boots.
After waiting in the bit of traffic, we headed straight for the animal viewing areas.
The bears were amazing. There were brown bears and a couple black bears too. They were really active while we were there…playing in the water and batting with one another.
Well, all the bears were active except this one. We were joking that it looks like a bear crime scene.
After the animals, we headed for the hiking trail to the top of the mountain.
Jer started out with Will for a bit.
About ten minutes in, we switched and I carried the Tinkler with my sling. It makes things so much easier. It requires no arm strength (which is good because I have zero upper body strength).
Once we got to the top we met the Mile-High bridge…which was called the Swinging bridge back in the day before it was rebuilt with steel and cables.
My deepest apologies to anyone that was there on the day and time I was there. I was that crazy girl that kept counting the number of people on the bridge and yelling TOOMANY! Hey…there was a sign that said 40 people limit….it’s gotta be there for a reason people. I was also the girl telling everyone PLEASE BE CAREFUL! SLOW PLEASE and PLEASE HOLD YOUR CHILD’S HAND. I was like the Grandfather Mountain lifeguard.
Do you see my death grip on that bridge? Yeah…if that thing collapses from Person #41 then I am gonna be clinging on for dear Will’s life.
On the other side of the bridge was a spectacular view.
I probably would have enjoyed it more if that one family with the three boys would have freaking held the kid’s hands instead of letting them RUN. And seriously folks…having the boys pose on the edge of that rock with the slide off into the obyss of nothingness just so you can get a photo?!? I had heart palpitations just watching.
I mean seriously! I feel like they could have done exactly what we did and just adjusted the camera’s angle for a spectacular background without putting your four year old in a dangerous situation.
Sorry about my rant. I have a hard time dealing with complete idiots. I’m praying about it.
After my mini myocardial infarction and a quick snack of fruit snacks and uber-healthy Teddy Grahams, we headed back down the mountain.
Will got really tired about half-way through.
I ate it up. He never cuddles.
I might frame this one…he’s so sweet here.
The best part about the park was (besides the Tiger Paw fudge) was the fact they gave you a tour cd so that you can get all the details & history about the entire park.
Grandfather Mountain was definitely a success…
anytime Will gets tuckered out without screaming, it’s a success 🙂
Tell our friends? Oh we will.
After the hiking and lunch, we headed off to see a local landmark – the Mast General Store…well, actually two Mast General Stores.
The original Mast Store has a US Post Office inside. It’s crazy. I pretended that I was Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman while inside. Jeremy didn’t get it.
While we were there, we picked up a couple sodas. This series of photos cracks me up.
Will was midblink 🙂 Either that or he was intoxicated on the sugar.
Then it was time to head back to the condo to get ready for dinner and give Will a little quiet time.
I asked Jer if we could try to snag a fall picture with all the pretty leaves. The condo was in a really nice neighborhood so I knew that we could find a gorgeous backdrop easily.
I’m so thankful that cameras have timers. I would have no family photos otherwise.
Will loved the leaves so much that we let him play for a while.
Like I said – he loved the leaves.
I loved the landscaping. Is it weird that whenever I go into a hotel I note the decor and when I’m in a neighborhood that I take photos of the landscaping?
I also asked Jer to pull the car over so we could get a plaid family photo on this road.
That man puts up with alot. and when I say alot I mean a photo-hungry wife who asks him to move the SUV (aka my impromptu tripod – or should I call it a quadpod?) so that I can get a better angle.
For dinner we ate at the Red Onion Cafe. It was nothing to write home about but it was the first time that we have brought Power Wheels to dinner. I think that’s a milestone, right?
After dinner we hurried to try to let Will enjoy the condo’s indoor pool. We haven’t been swimming for over a month and the little guy loves the water.
He’s definitely not afraid of the water.
And he loves to splash.
and jump in.
I really should start him on swim lessons. Right after we DIY a pool 🙂
So that was our fun day in Boone. I threw a bunch more photos into a slideshow if you wanna watch…