This weekend, my daughter planned an incredible get away/hiking adventure. Tucked away in the Tennessee/North Carolina border, we stayed just outside the little town of Roan Mountain. She found us an Indian themed cabin, that was cozy if not just a little over the top.
This was my actual bed.
We gave the kids the queen room since they brought their dog, and JG slept on his inflatable on the kitchen floor. It was way more comfortable than it looks.
Anyway, on Saturday morning, she took us to a section of the Appalachian Trail that was a view seekers paradise. If you have hiked the AT, you may know this spot – it was quite popular on this crisp September morning.
The hike starts off on an easy trail through the forest. . .
and brings you out onto the first of three bald knobs.
It just gets better from here. If every hike had this many views, I would never stay home.
But the most fun for me, was hiking with family. We don’t get to do this very often and even though the kids go much faster than we do (and end up waiting on us) I think they enjoyed showing us this part of the AT that was new to us.
Grand dog Stark, had a good time as well. He can’t believe how high up he is.
On the return trip, the clouds were moving in, but we did not get any rain. I was so taken with the ridges and how they interacted with the sky – what a fantastic setting.
We were all pooped by the time we returned to the cabin, especially Stark. We had a quiet evening in. This morning we had breakfast together and then parted ways. I mentioned to JG that if he wanted to pull over for a quick hike on the way home, I did have a clean hiking outfit.
He took me up on it, and we stopped for a short loop at Grayson Highlands, where autumn has arrived a little earlier than the rest of the state.
What a perfect end to a perfect weekend.
Taking back roads home, I took this shot as it looked like we were driving into a major storm. Turns out we just got the tail end of it.
I love that our family enjoys these adventures together. What fun things do you like to do with family?