Western North Carolina Fun

This summer we took a family vacation up to North Carolina. As Davy would say, “we love going to the mountains” and as any parent of young children know, when on vacation there really isn’t any down time…especially with boys.  This trip was no different.  From the moment we mentioned to Davy that we would be going to the “mountains”, he more or less had our trip planned. 

The one activity that we did the most was hiking.  We were so proud of him.  From smaller hikes in the National Park, or to our longest hike Glen Falls.  This trail goes straight down the mountain and then you have to hike straight back up the mountain, a little over two miles and he didn’t complain once.

 One our favorite outings this trip was renting a pontoon boat on Fontana Lake.  The boys had such a good time running around the boat, driving the boat, jumping off the boat, and the weather and scenery were just gorgeous.  The lake stretches from the Nantahala River, to the Little Tennessee River, and backs up the National Park.  We were expecting the water to be cold; however, if I didn’t know any better I would say that it was warmer than our pool.  We also got to see the Great Smoky Mountain Train go by; the passengers waved at Davy, he was so excited and waved back.


Other activities that we did were:

  • Waterfalls
  • Drove to Highlands to walk around
  • Drove to Glenville Lake and Bear Lake
  • Played in the river in Cherokee
  • Gem Mining
  • Vegetable picking
  • Chased and caught Fireflies

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