the best day of the summer

This year, I decided to make a family yearbook using Shutterfly’s awesome photobooks. I’ve been working on our summer vacation stuff, but when I got to these pictures I remembered that this was the best day of the summer.

Even better? We knew it while it was happening.

We spent two weeks camping in the mountains in my in-laws’ travel trailer.
I know, 2 adults and 3 kids (one in a pack-n-play) in a travel trailer for that long???
It was awesome!!!
We had the best time exploring the Pisgah National Forrest together and showing our kids the places we love.

This particular day, we went to Sliding Rock.
Kids are free, and adults are $1 each. A steal.

The water is between 50-60 degrees. The boys were into it, especially Owen.
It is a long way up the stairs…

and 60 feet of down, sliding on your bottom on bumpy granite!

I love the trust our two year-old had in his Daddy.

Ande took both the boys down together a few times, too.
He’s super-dad like that.

Knox looks more wary here…no doubt anticipating being dumped in the freezing water at the end of the ride!

It was so fun to watch.

I remembered being there with my family when I was a kid. I wasn’t going to go down this time…I was having lots of fun watching other people! But then I changed my mind. I wanted the experience as an adult. And I wanted to have a shared experience with Ande and the boys. So I went. Once.

Once was enough for me!!

Earlier in the day, we had taken the kids to the Pisgah Fish Hatchery to see and feed the trout. Then we went to a local, unmarked swimming hole to play for a little while. We ended up having the place to ourselves, so we stayed for HOURS swimming, catching minnows, enjoying the sunshine, “treasure hunting”…just enjoying God’s creation.
It was lovely.

Harper wasn’t a fan of the cold water, but she was happy to watch us, play with her toys, or doze off in the stroller.

We ended the day eating Mexican food (our family favorite) back in Brevard.
To quote Owen from that day “This is BEST DAY EVER!!!!!”


  1. Karin says:

    Such a fun experience! I’m glad you went down the rock. I don’t know if I would have done it!

  2. Chanda says:

    Must have been freezing…but, when you’re having fun, it doesn’t seem to bother you as much, right? We’ll have to visit Sliding Rock next time we visit, NC…sounds like a blast (:

  3. Sarah says:

    I’ve been to sliding rock!!! In highschool, loved it. Love watching your family revel in the beauty of nature and precious connection

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