Each daughter, on their 16th birthday got to go on a surprise trip to somewhere new and interesting.
I, Nan turned 16 in September...so I got to do something I have always wanted to do. Hike part of the Appalachian trail!! So on October 21st mom, dad, and me drove 2 hours into the mountains...
|Birds migrating on the way to the mountains|
|There was a swing at the cute little cabin we stayed in|
|And a river across the gravel road|
|It was late when we finally got to the cabin so we cooked up some dinner. |
Sauteed veggies, shrimp, sweet potato fries and salmon with sauteed onions.
|The next day we set out to hike the Appalachian trail...|
|And we met a lady hiking with her pet goat...|
|So cool to be there!!|
|On the trail.|
|It was a beautiful day|
|Eating a gluten free sandwich for lunch|
|Dad was tired|
|We loved hiking carvers gap, the day was beautiful and the hike was the perfect challenge!|
|That night we cooked apple compotes in the fire and potatoes for dinner outside our cabin.|
|We also roasted organic chicken apple brats|
|And mom and I goofed off...|
|SUCH a fun day! Loved every minute of it!|
|The next day we made a big breakfast and drove to climb Mt. Mitchell, Highest peak east of the Mississippi River.|
This was the view as we rode in the car.
|It was definitely a difficult climb, we got lost once...but so fun!|
|Proud we made it to the top!|
|Eating some lunch at a picnic table on top of the mountain.|
|And then the descent back down...|
It was an incredible experience and one I will always remember! I was homesick for the mountains weeks afterwards! For the sound of the river laughing outside my window in the morning, the smell of pine and fresh cool air, cooking over a fire, the way you stand on top of a mountain and feel nothing else really matters and for getting to know my parents a lot better! Yes I loved turning 16!