Yogi Bears Jellystone Camping Trip with Pop Pop

Pop Pop took Graham, Surae, and I on a trip to the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Campground in Marion, NC.  It was a great trip!  The campground was very cute with a big pool, fun water slide, arcade, mini golf, paddle boats, etc.  The weather was insanely hot that week even way up in the mountains, so we weren’t able to try out the mini golf or paddle boats.  We mostly took day trips during the hot afternoons and swam in the mornings and evenings.  Graham and Surae both loved the waterslide the best.  It was super fun!

The Yogi Campgrounds have themes each week and the week we were there was Pirate Week.  They have games and activities each day to go with the theme which the kids loved.

We took a trip to Linville Caverns and Linville Falls one day.  The caverns were very interesting and it was great getting into 57 degrees for a change!  Graham and I did the hike to the falls and went around to all the different views of the falls.  The hike was pretty easy to moderate and Graham did a great job keeping up.

Another day we visited the NC Mineral Museum  and checked out a 100 yr old apple orchard, both right off the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The parkway is always a treat.  The whole camping trip was really wonderful!  Thanks Pop Pop!!

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Graham Turns 6!

Graham turned 6 on June 15.  We had just gotten back into town from Jekyll and were about to head back out of town for a wedding, so we had a quick family dinner on his birthday.  Graham chose to have an Asian feast because he loves dumplings, so we hit the Asian grocer and picked out the dinner.  Everyone loved it!

The anticipation for this birthday was huge because he has been so excited about the possibility of new legos.  The boy is completely and totally lego obsessed and had been drooling over some of the new sets in Toys R Us and Target for months.  So, when the City Police Headquarters was unveiled, he flipped out.  He gave me the biggest hug I had ever spontaneously received from him.  It was awesome!

Happy Birthday Graham 🙂

Jekyll Island Summer Beach Trip

After visiting Jekyll Island last October for Tish’s wedding, we decided we would go back this summer for a longer stay.  It really is a magical place.  We camped again and loved the campground.  It is right across the street from the beach just a quick bike ride away.  The campground does have a plenitude of raccoons though, so be prepared!!  They came to visit us nearly every evening right around dusk and they are not shy at all.  They even took off with our trash one night before we had put it up and Michael had to go running after them.  It was quite the scene.  The worst raccoon nonsense occurred though when we put the trash up in the car, but didn’t roll up a single window.  I had never seen a car so trashed.   It was a total wreck.  We had to hit the car wash right away.  After the initial shock, I had to laugh at us being so senseless!!

On the way down to Jekyll, we stopped in Savannah for the night and walked around the next day.  We went to the Pirate House for lunch and it was really fun and the food was actually pretty yummy too.

We had a great time on the beach each day.  The beaches are filled with life.  There are hermit crabs everywhere and you can just scoop them up while sitting in the water.  One section of the beach we went to was covered in sand dollars.  There were tons of them dried up on the beach and even more to be found with a little digging sitting in the ocean.  It was so cool!!  Graham also found a turtle fin on the beach.  We thought it was driftwood at first, but then visited the nature center on the island and saw one just like it.

We also visited the water park on the island which was surprisingly great.  There was a wave pool and lots of cool slides.  Michael and I tried all of them even the ones I wished later that I wouldn’t have.

We biked a ton again too.  The island is totally covered in bike paths, so most of the time we would just hop on bikes instead of cars.  We biked downtown again and ate at the Rah Bar.  It was scrumptious.  We scarfed down peel and eat shrimp and oysters.  Graham loves oysters.  He could have eaten several dozen!

The trip to Jekyll was seriously great and such a perfect time to get away after a stressful end to May!