Last weekend we, along with my parents and sister and her kids, spent two awesome days in cabins at FDR State Park in Pine Mountain.
I love having a trip planned for January. LOVE. January is kinda a bum month it seems, because the holidays are over and it’s just…kinda gray. I love having something exciting to look forward to, and I love it even more when I’m surrounded by the people who know and love me best. It was much needed for me, and it was truly the most wonderful time. The kids loved it so much, they were truly sad to leave. During our Monday morning get-ready-for-school routine, they both cried talking about wanting to go back to the cabin — proof of an amazing weekend. (I don’t want to see them cry, but crying about loving spending time outdoors with their family kinda warms my heart! Ha!)
This weekend was also part of my birthday present to Rachel. I want all my future birthday presents to her to all be forcing her and her family to join in on our adventures! It felt like a present for ME, which is how I like all presents to be. Ha! Kidding!
So what I’m trying to say is…let’s do this every January, okay fam?
Dowdell’s Knob is my favorite. Me and FDR — both huge Dowdell’s Knob fans. The boys had so much fun up here, and Alice considered it her own personal runway. From here, we all hiked a short trail to see the site of a 1953 plane crash, which was interesting and something we hadn’t done before.
We had rain and tornado warnings around 11 a.m. on Saturday, so we obviously stayed put in our cabins during that time. It wasn’t very long before it looked like everything had died down, so Rachel, Hazel and I headed out to check out some of the overlooks. Apparently my judgment about when weather is better is pretty poor. We got out there and it was like…windy, cold, rainy and terrible! It was so bad, we were laughing about how bad it was. For instance,right before I took this picture, a tree behind me — FELL. We heard a cracking sound, turned around, and watched a tree fall into the road. Yep, I’m a bad judge of weather. After this picture, we went back home until it really *did* die down.
I think the kids also feel really at home at this park. They were always exploring!
I’m not sure exactly what happened here. Grandma, Alice, and Matilda decorated cupcakes for Rachel’s birthday. And then Rachel like….threw them around on her hike down to Grandma and PawPaw’s cabin? Ha ha ha! This makes me laugh. Anyway, here is Rachel blowing out the candles on the worst, grossest-looking set of cupcakes ever. Happy Birthday!
We geocached so much on this trip! We honestly had the best time doing it. I felt like this was one of our more successful geocaching trips, and the kids really got into it this time. A lot of bonding happens on these trips. And a lot of excitement over treasures like — stickers, aliens, and cards. (Alice got a playing card of someone shooting a bow and arrow? She loves it. Ha!)
This is how Kevin adds excitement to our trips. A man who worked at the park came down with a backhoe to pull Kevin out of the mud. And then after a weekend full of adventures, Matilda told me that the backhoe pulling Kevin out was the “best adventure ever!” Ha ha!
I’ve taken my kids to the Bigfoot Museum in North Georgia, and now Tom especially, is obsessed. The museum has a display that shows you the types of things Bigfoots like in case you want to lure one to you — so the kids set out to do just that! Tom put together his own set to bring, and they set it out on Saturday night. They put out peanut butter on a stick, marbles, jingle bells, and mirror for a Bigfoot to play with.
The next morning…
They found that one had been there! The Bigfoot ate the peanut butter, and they could see where it had played with the things we left. There was much excitement. (And just a little fear from Alice.)
We had the most wonderful time, and made the best memories. I pretty much came home and booked our next family adventure for March, and I can’t wait for it to get here! Until next time…