Views in the mountains

Even though we went in and out of rain all day Wednesday in the mountains, the views from the overlooks were amazing.  I loved looking at these clouds down in the valley. We stopped by Mingus Mills, at one time the largest mill in the Smoky Mountains. Instead of a wheel it used a water […]

Wednesday in the mountains

Wednesday we slept in a bit, since we didn’t get back to the hotel from seeing the fireflies until well after midnight.  We got up and hit the road back to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park as soon as we could, though, so we could spent the day getting some hiking in.  We stopped […]

More from the Visitors Center

The kids all got a game to play at the Bush’s Visitor Center – questions to find the answers to in the exhibits, and then a puzzle to figure out using those answers. Here is a family picture we took after they all received their certificates at the end 🙂 When we finished up at […]

Heading to the mountains

Tuesday morning Lindee and I took Mallory, Clara, and Mason and headed to the mountains.  Our first stop was the Bush’s Visitor Center, where we ate sandwiches for lunch really quickly in the car, and then headed in to check out the exhibits.  The history of the company really was very interesting.  The history of […]

Saturday in Richmond

Another wonderful day.  Andy & Amy have a standard tour they take their visitors on of the city of Richmond, and that was what we did that day.  We started off at the farmers market, and then took a drive down Monument Avenue.  The newest monument there is this one to Arthur Ashe, a Richmond […]

Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond

When I got up to Richmond Friday about noon, Amy & I went to lunch at a great little sandwich shop, and then headed into town to visit the old, historical Hollywood Cemetery.  This is a shot of a few of the graves of civil war soldiers, many of whom were confederate soldiers killed at […]

Get Rockin’ with Roger Day

Thursday the summer programs started at the library.  I wasn’t sure if the kids would be interested in going or not – some of them are obviously for younger children – but I am so glad they did.  As it turns out, we had seen Roger Day years ago at a program in Rock Hill […]

Final Gold Mine pix

We finished up our day at Reed Gold Mine checking out some of the trails in the area. We especially liked being on this one that was originally a wagon road, used for bringing things to and from the mine. It was a busy, fun, exhausting day. Luckily I was able to wait until we […]

Reed’s Gold Mine, Part 1

I really believe I have wanted to visit Reed’s Gold Mine since we moved to this area 35 years ago.  Today we finally made that happen.  Charlie, June, Adam, Mason, and I headed over on our Summer Break Kickoff Adventure.  It really was a neat place.  As soon as we walked in the door at […]