Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Up Above The World So High







That was the name of our cabin.

This was the view:




It was 60-acres of solitude in the Great Smoky Mountains. We arrived shortly before dark on Saturday. The sun went down and Seth said, "It is SO dark out here!" It was a weekend of superlatives. Everything was a little bit tastier, a little bit prettier, a little more peaceful--okay that's questionable, and tons of fun.


In typical Mangum fashion we decided last minute to retreat to the mountains on the western side of our state. Our dear friends were kind enough to meet us there--the "halfway" between our houses--and entertain us for two days and two nights. As far as friends go, you know you've picked a winner when they'll stay up with you until 3 am and even watching the Sound of Music in the most comfortable couches in the world is exciting! The weekend was full of such highlights:

We picnicked at the Lake
Mac and the kids built a rip-roarin' fire for some s'mores in the Smokies

The Cast of Characters at the Cabin (from left to right): 1. Jack: who adopted Seth as his "buddy", entertained us with his Nashville accent, thought the Cabin was Seth's house, and is very particular about his hiking stick of choice. 2. Seth: who didn't quite know what to do with his new-found fame a la Jack, absolutely ate up this outdoor experience, discovered an ant farm in a rotting log and learned about termites. 3. Hazel: who was given the nickname "Hazelnut" by McKay (which fits her perfectly by the way), slept in the downstairs bathroom, hung with Rex, and loved swimming in the Lake with her swimming "soup" on. 4. Lucy: who was completely and utterly taken by the fauna of the forest (from lizards to "roly polies" to red leaf bugs), charmed Mr. Mckay, and kept things real with all her drama. 5. Rex Rudy: who got raw end of the deal on this trip (a rash and subsequent "all swolled up" face and several tumbles off stairs and couches--though, gratefully, none off the non-childproof balcony), through it all he remained as cute as ever talking through his nose and sucking on his two fingers. 6. Magnificent Mya: the prima donna of the trip, she put Broadway dancers to shame--when the music started, so did her hips! My jaw dropped and I wondered what Sara's secret was, when she would (more than once) saunter into the kitchen around meal time and ask, "Mom, what can I do to help?" What it the world--send that girl home with me! 7. Baby Avery: we nearly forgot to load her in the car as we left, she was an angel as usual and everything is sweeter when she's around.




The kids "slept" in a mega bed and the parents rarely slept at all, but it was worth every minute--as long as we could keep our eyes open for all the surrounding sites.




We drove down "the road to nowhere" which ended at a tunnel, which led to delightful hiking trails


Apparently they play basketball out on the main roads in the mountains


Seth's favorite part of every road trip is driving over the railroad tracks. So we took a picture of one set.


Fried asiago olives in Bryson City--in the words of Jack, "Oh, yeah!!!"

Good friends. Happy trails. Next year...Cheese steaks in Philly instead of really yucky corn! "Air Five!!"

11 comments:

Katy said...

Looks like Heaven! Named very apros pos! (sp?) Can we come next time?

Jessica said...

You are just making the most of your new home! I have easily fallen in love with the South. You should come to DC next. Also, check out Asheville, it's a cool town, if you can tolerate lots of hobos and hippies.

michelle said...

Those pictures are amazing! I want to go to the Smoky Mountains. And eat fried asiago olives.

S. Schuller said...

What a beautiful, scenic place to visit and what fun friends you have! I love the photo of the fire and the one of the kids on the schoolbus. Great photography.

Tasha said...

Completely jealous of the cabin, hanging out with you, with the Batemans, the smokie mountians... So glad you had a great weekend!

TX Girl said...

It looks so relaxing. Glad y'all had a great time. Thinking of you and this crazy hurricane. You thought after NOLA you were done. Ha!

Sara said...

Oh. . . . it was SO SO great wasn't it!!! And that view! You said it all perfectly and had me giggling the way you described those seven little ones between us. Yes, next year in Philly indeed. Missing you and yours. . . give " Jack's Buddy" "Lucy Lou" "Hazelnut" and "Sweet Avery" a hug from the Bateman family.

rebecca said...

You lucky ducks! Batemans and mountain weekends... a perfect end to summer.

amy m said...

Nothing beats good friends. Your getaway sounds amazing.

The Baker's Goods said...

Brian and I hope to join you next summer! Looks beautiful!

Ingrid said...

Perfect trip - good friends and gorgeous surroundings. Look forward to catching up with you soon...