We've had a jam-packed past few days, fishing, swimming, camping and berry picking. On Tuesday we drove out to the Blue Hole, just down the road from T's Mom's place and saw some beautiful countryside along the way:
You can't visit the Blue Hole without jumping in. T and I each worked up the nerve to take the plunge into the icy waters. It always takes my breath away and wakes me up for the rest of the day.
Afterwards, we hiked up just above the main falls to a second water fall where T and I used to go salamandering back when we first started dating. Seamus had a big time throwing rocks and hunting for bugs, crawdads and salamanders. We saw mostly Mountain Duskies and their babies.
Later that evening we set up camp at Carden's Bluff with T's family. We got a spot right on the lake and fell asleep to the sound of lapping water.
Yesterday we drove to my parents' house, and on the way we stopped at Davy Crockett's birthplace.
The drive to Davy Crockett's birthplace is beautiful. T and I have always dreamed of retiring here:
Since coming to my parents' we've spent a lot of time in their garden. All Seamus wants to do is pick blackberries and raspberries. I gave him a bowl to collect some for a pie, but all the berries ended up in his mouth.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
On Thursday afternoon we packed up the family (pets and all) into a rental car and headed down to Tennessee for a spu-of-the-moment trip. My wonderful parents bought a new car and have given us their old one, a 2002 Toyota Highlander...not too shabby.
We decided to make the most of our visit and stay through the 4th of July. Here's a little of what we've done so far...
Berry picking at Grandie and Grandpa's:
Fishing and pick-nicking with Mamaw and Papaw Mark at the Watauga River:
We've seen groundhogs, ducks and hummingbirds so far. Of course we have all these things in New Jersey, but it's so rare that we get to see them. At Mamaw's house, you can sit on the porch for any length of time and the humming birds will be right there at arm's reach, fighting over the feeder.