Camping Trip

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We went camping last weekend, with some friends I had met 25 years ago, when we were in college together. It is so much fun to reunite with college buddies and catch up. Now we are all parents of (almost) teenagers. Such a new experience!

Catching Frogs

Catching frogs was one of the things they did in nature while camping.

My friends found a private campground called Blackberry Blossom, in Unicoi County, still in Tennessee. The campground is located 45 minutes away from Roan Mountain State Park and Cherokee National Forest, where you can pick up a part of the Appalachian Trail. In fact, the highest point of the Appalachian Trail happens to be there, at the trail head, and we took a picture in front of it. Continue reading »

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Lessons from the 34th Week

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The best part of last week? The White House Press Briefing on Thursday, when they announced we have flattened the curve and the country will reopen soon. “Opening Up America Again” sounded like music to our ears.

Brother and sister spring tree

Brother and sister plus a spring tree at Zoder’s Inn and Suites

Also on Thursday, we took our roof-top tent and camper to Zoder’s Inn and Suites for one night. There, my husband did the bulk of the setting up, I cooked two meals (supper and breakfast), and the kids helped.

Roof-top tent with camper

Our roof-top tent with the camper, at Zoder’s Inn and Suites

The Roaring Fork River runs by the property, so the kids spent time looking at logs that floated and others that sank, tadpole eggs, wild flowers, and birds. Continue reading »

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