Sunday, July 26, 2009

Camping trip

We just got home from a camping trip in the North Georgia mountains. It was such a fun trip and some of the most beautiful scenery I've seen. The last time my man and I went camping was when we had one kid. Let me tell you, a 30 something year old body can't handle laying on ground like a 20 something body can. The first night, I didn't fall asleep until about 5 am trying to find the lesser of the uncomfortable rocks underneath me. I thought about Jacob of the OT who had a rock to lay his head on; and I tried to be thankful for my pillow. It didn't work. Around 3 in the morning, I remembered I didn't pack any underpants for myself. You'd think after reminding 6 kids and asking them two follow up times if they packed enough underwear, I would have remembered them myself. Let me just tell you from experience, the Family Dollar in Cleveland doesn't have a good selection in women's panties.

The three older boys slept in their own tent that their Papa gave them. That left only three with us; and I discovered that Little Bit talks in her sleep.

On Friday, we went tubing down the Chattahoochee in Helen. I have no pictures of that since we didn't want to get our camera wet. On the way back to the campground we stopped by BabyLand General - home of the Cabbage Patch kids for those of you not familiar with it.

We found Nate's Cabbage Patch twin there.

We stayed at Desoto Falls Campground near Dahlonega. They had the greatest trail leading to an 80 foot waterfall. Their were creeks running all throughout that the kid's loved getting in and splashing around.

We even saw this famous man on one of our hikes. He looked almost exactly as he does on the sign.

The kid's even got to walk on part of the Appalachian Trail. The older boys are wanting to hike more of it and really rough it.

Saturday was the most fun. While driving down the road, we saw a sign for Hilton Creek Falls and took the turn. As we drove and drove drove, we wondered if the falls were going to be worth it. Boy were they! It was the kind of falls with a pool that the kids could swim in.

On the lower part of the falls, the boys were able to slide down.

On the way out of Hilton Creek Falls, we found Duke's Falls. These were absolutely breathtaking. You can't get down and climb around these falls - you have to admire them from an observation deck. These were definetely worth the 1 mile hike.

The final fun we had was on the way home today, when we stopped by Dick's Creek Falls.

It had a fairly deep pool so you were able to jump off a rock about 20 feet above into the water. The boys begged to do it. I, being a concerned mama, wouldn't let them. I did, however, let them jump from the bottom rock.

I eventually let them try the high one, too!

The girls even made a new friend.

It was a great trip and the kids can't wait to go camping again. And I will be buying an air mattress.

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