Mother’s Day 2021

Compared with last Mother’s Day, we were a lot more active this year, with not one, but two outdoor destinations on the schedule. First up was Il Forno with a mom/grandmother reunion after 15 months, and the second was some fine Italian dining in Arlington.

At Home with Washington

We enjoyed a beautiful day at Mt. Vernon and got to learn more about the Revolutionary War with cousins!

Best of the Rest – GSMNP

We had many adventures among nature and other outdoor venues in the Smoky Mountains. Here’s a wrap up of a few last highlights.

More Time in the Sky

We enjoyed one trip up the mountain and upped the ante with not only a chair lift, but also the longest suspension bridge in North America! It was a little scary – especially the transparent part in the middle – but we made it 680 feet and back in one piece. Chair lift up Ready…

Hiking GSMNP

Part of the appeal of the Smoky Mountains is definitely getting out in nature – and we were able to be one with nature through some hiking. Though it took a little prodding, once we were out and about, it was a great time!

Atop the Mountain!

Early on in a trip to Great Smoky Mountain National Park, we went high above the clouds to an outdoor garden and park called Anakeesta. Part of the fun is just getting there – a 15-minute ride up a mountain! We enjoyed quality outdoor time and great views for the effort! On our way up…

Christmas Fun in Spring

With the pandemic, we knew spring break had to be distanced and outdoor-focused – we found the perfect solution in a tricked-out cabin at the base of Smoky Mountain National Park! This Christmas-themed cabin had its own pool, hot tub, games and fire pit. It was hard to leave! O in Christmas heaven Yep, every…

Thrill at the Theater

We had booked a trip to the movies so long ago, we had practically forgotten. But, the day had come to enjoy our very own theater to watch the (far-from) critically acclaimed Tom & Jerry movie. It was a definite treat!

Easter 2021 – Part 2!

Easter started out with fun inside, and with wonderful weather, we headed out back for a special egg hunt! The thrill of the hunt was over in a flash, but the sugar high lasted much longer!