|morning view from the deck|
|reading on the deck|
M made it home pretty early so we ate lunch on the deck and headed out on a hike in the Smokies. We did the Alum Cave Trail to Arch Rock and the Cave Bluffs.
|...next time I'll drag him up Mt. LeConte!|
|lots of log bridges|
The first big landmark is the Arch Rock. It wasn't what either of us were expecting but it was still very cool.
|climbing through the arch|
After the arch, we began the ascent up the mountain. This part of the trail had pretty views and lots of flowers starting to bloom. It will probably be even more impressive in a few weeks.
Shortly after, we reached the "cave" which is actually not a cave. It's more of a GIANT rock wall that leans over the ground.
|too big to get all in one pic (can you spot mike?)|
|awkward self portrait ;)|
|would you have noticed this?|
|a little closer|
|with the big zoom|
|new brews (I loved the pale ale, M went for the somersault)|
|chair on picnic table = best views of the mountains|
Saturday morning we had reservations for a horseback trail ride at Walden Creek Farms. We kicked off the morning with our mandatory trip to Pancake Pantry. It was the first time I switched it up and got french toast... I think I might be in love.
|not whipped cream... butter. yum!|
|M ordered my usual: pecan pancakes|
Walden Creek Farms was a really pretty place.
We had a while to wait before our ride but were entertained by a visiting Golden. Apparently she'd shown up at the farm yesterday and had no intentions of leaving. They asked if we wanted to take her home.... hubs said no.
The trail ride consisted of us, one other couple, and our guide. M and I both got really great horses that actually did what we told them (though Mike's ate every tree he passed).
The trail was pretty awesome- about two hours and we crossed quite a few streams and climbed a pretty wooded trail to the top of a mountain. We both really loved the ride.
|Mike with Larry|
|me with Domino|
Saturday afternoon and evening were again spent grilling, playing Yahtzee and cards on the deck and relaxing as much as possible.
|ellie loves the deck as well|
|the running trail|
|the stream it follows|
We hung out for a few more hours to cram in a little more mountain time before heading back to Nashville.
Both mornings on our way from the cabin we spotted bears crossing the road. The first had an adorable cub with it but we were too excited to remember to take a pic. This big guy was seen the next day. They look so chubby and cuddly. Too bad they would probably eat us if I tried to get a hug....
A few days in the mountains is really the perfect escape from normal life. I loved every minute of our little vacation and want to get back as soon as possible!