This is the beginning of a kid swap with my sister. She took Jeremy for a week while I have Jacob. (Owen and Jackson will get a turn next time.)
On our first full day of having my 12-year-old nephew here with us, we took advantage of good weather and drove to the mountains. I wanted Jacob to put his feet in the river. While Jeremy is enjoying city life in Chicago, I’m giving Jacob a peek inside country living.
Me: “We’re going to the river!”
Jacob: “Okay. Is it dirty?”
For the record, he loved it.
Yesterday morning was so beautiful that I made the executive decision to scrap sit-down book work and make a mad dash for the mountains. It didn’t take much to convince the boys. It meant shifting school to the afternoon, but it’s this kind of freedom that I love about homeschooling.
The following is a major photo dump of our morning in the Great Smoky Mountains. All but one are behind the cut. Enjoy, and Happy Weekend to you.
After a week in warm, sunny Florida, it was really nice to come home to autumn. East Tennessee is beautiful right now, so we decided to go for a drive through Cades Cove yesterday to see the fall colors.
(This first video is for Michele.)
[Song credit: The Decemberists, "January Hymn"]
Driving the scenic loop around Cades Cove gave us an opportunity to see animals like deer and wild turkeys, and the stable horses getting their exercise.
On our way home Chuck remarked that thousands of people have to drive hundreds of miles to come here, but not us. The Great Smoky Mountains are only 20 minutes away from our house. It’s a little dream come true.
Like Florida on our last night of vacation, Tennessee gave us a colorful “goodnight” on the way home.
Burwell Building, Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville/By Corey Seaton
Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park/By Kara Ziler
I’ve spent more time than I should browsing photos of east Tennessee online. It seems ridiculous since I’ve lived more years in Tennessee (between two cities) than anywhere else and have plenty of my own pictures to peruse. What can I say? I’m excited, and it all started on Flickr and carried on to photo contests and other random sites I found online. (I found the above photos on this site.) I’ve been studying maps, finding Greenways and hiking trails, and planning one weekend excursion after another.
One thing is for sure: I doubt we will run out of places to explore.