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…

A Trio of Visits – Part 2

Despite frigid temperatures, we did get outside while hanging at our favorite area cabin in February. The ice made for some interesting travels, but it was a successful way to get rid of the wiggles and burn some energy!

A Trio of Visits – Part 1

Because of COVID, we did not head to Williamsburg for an 8th President’s Day Weekend in a row. But, we did hit up a familiar place – the Cuddly Cub Cabin! It was our third season, and third visit. With the chill and ice outside, we got cozy inside and enjoyed some extra special Valentine’s…

Change of Scenery and Eateries

The first long weekend of the year was an opportunity for a change of scenery. When we booked Richmond, we didn’t realize there would be armed protests scheduled in 50 states and DC. But luckily we were safely a few miles away from the Capitol, just like at home, with an added bonus – new…

Fresh Air in the Country

While on a quick post-Christmas trip in Luray, we went on a couple walks in the woods on some kid-friendly trails within George Washington National Forest. It was a nice change of pace!

Happy 2021!

We escaped home to ring in the New Year in the outskirts of Luray, VA. Our cabin had great views, and the required hot tub for “relaxing” as a family. Colin marked a momentous occasion – making it to midnight for the first time to ring in a new year.

Fully Fall in SW Virginia

While away for the weekend, we had a rare treat – a visit to a pumpkin patch and corn maze – to fully embrace fall. Overlook Produce and Farm Adventures, outside of Harrisonburg, had tons of pumpkins to pick from and a fun but slightly challenging corn maze. Here’s a recap…