Dillsboro Thomas the Train Ride

Last weekend, the family headed out for a little camping trip near the Great Smokey Mts.  Michael and I took the day off of work on Friday and loaded up the car.  We camped for the weekend at Moonshine Creek Campground near Dillsboro.  It was right on Moonshine Creek, so we were able to go to sleep to the peaceful sound of the creek right behind us. 

After we got unpacked, we headed onto the Blue Ridge Parkway.  We drove on the parkway to Cherokee which was a beautiful drive.  The Parkway is a truly amazing road filled with gorgeous views at every turn.  We hung out in Cherokee for a very short period of time.  It is kind of the Myrtle Beach of the mountains.  After that, we ended up having dinner with some of the people I had met in Reno the previous week.  It was one of those small world things, but we just happened to be camping right next door to where one of the guys I met lived and another one of the guys lived really close by as well.  Crazy!  So, we went out and indulged in some mountain barbecue.  Plenty yummy and perfect for making us want to do nothing but sit around a fire afterwards.

Late Friday night/Saturday morning, the rains started.  It rained all night which I actually love to hear the sound of while sleeping in a tent, but then when morning came, it didn’t let up at all.  So, we had to make breakfast in the rain.  It finally stopped around noonish when we headed into Waynesville to check out the Folkmoot festival.  It was a cool arts fest with plenty of great vendors, but we didn’t have much time to look, so we vowed to come back another year.  It was time to get the kids a nap before the big train ride.  By that time, our friends Joy, Hal, and their daughter Sarah had arrived as well.

After naps, we all headed into downtown Dillsboro for the Great Smokey Mountains Thomas the Train ride.   There were lots of activities to do before and after the train ride like a petting zoo and lego building.  The train ride was very fun and all of the kids enjoyed it.  It was only about a half hour, so just long enough to keep their attention spans active.  After we got back, Graham and Sarah had a blast playing in the creek and having a pillow fight in the tent.  Camping is great stuff for kids!



  1. Chris said,

    August 5, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Glad to see that my nephew has gotten over his fear of vehicles with faces!!!
    Looks like you had a sweet little vacation.

  2. iris said,

    August 7, 2008 at 1:58 am

    could graham be smiling any bigger in those pictures? what a fun trip!!

  3. Jamie said,

    August 7, 2008 at 3:08 am

    That looked fun! It is amazing how fast the kids are growing (they need to stop!). I like your hair Danielle – it looks cute!

  4. dad said,

    August 14, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Graham and Surae are getting to that perfect age for trips like this. I remember those days when you and Chris were little amd just loved to go places…. Time to go to Disney soon, but you will need to take me with you . Dad

  5. rita jarman said,

    May 14, 2011 at 3:22 am

    would like if thomas the trian will be in Maple Ridge B.C.

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