This is the view from our deck this week. We are in Little Switzerland enjoying the mountain air while Stephen attends an artists retreat at Wild Acres. He spends his mornings there, we spend ours exploring, and we pick him up after lunch and spend the afternoons exploring together. Heaven must be like this...
The girls and I took a 2 mile hike down to a hidden waterfall on our first morning alone.
Frankie hiked on her own for 3/4 of the way and spent small intervals of time on my shoulders resting her baby feet and legs. When she rides on my shoulders her little chubby hands rest on my forehead and she spends the ride kissing my hair.
We packed our lunch down to the falls but.. the water took precedence.
Truth. Hiking back is always less fun than hiking there. Still 2 plus miles for this little gang.. not too shabby!
We are grilling out for dinner every night on the deck. A hot tub lives out there too and after little folks are in bed.. under the stars.. yes. Dinner hours have been super flexible and we hike right up until we can't go any further. This is from our trip last night, after which we all had a late supper of burgers and dogs and grilled corn and assorted veggies.
The girls have been sketching in special sketch books that Stephen got for this trip.
Ada has decided she prefers the mountains to the beach. As a self proclaimed scientist, she is in her element.
It seems we are waterfall hunters on this trip. This was our first falls on our first day here. We have since been to 3 other falls with more in our future.
Lunch al fresco. Every day.
Our dear friends came for the night. The only thing better than being here, was getting to share 18 hours with them here.
Our nightly fireworks show.
Frankie rests, they draw and paint with Daddy.
Frankie wakes and we pack up and head to our afternoon adventure of choice.
And there are little girl collected bouquets of wildflowers in water glasses..