We left on Friday morning and made the five hour trip up there just fine. We walked down to the pond, had a good supper of fresh-out-of-the-garden vegetables, listened to the cicadas in the trees, and watched the lightning bugs come out.
Two of our grown sons and one daughter-in-law went too. There weren't enough beds to go around, so Darcie and Tyler ended up on the floor on a blow-up mattress with a hole. By morning it was flat, and Tyler had a backache all weekend. Then Darcie started throwing up. People began squabbling over various and sundry things.
To cool off, my husband and I drove down to the Appalachia powerhouse on the Hiawassee River. We went over eleven miles down a gravel road to get there. The scenery was beautiful! I wish I could bottle up the mountain smells and bring them home to Georgia. We later floated down that river beginning at the powerhouse and ending up in Reliance, TN. Actually, I was the transportation. So while my husband, our son Dylan, and his bride Leigh Anne floated down the river, I meandered along the river taking photos of the mountain scenery, old barns and houses, and horses I ran into along the way. I had two hours before having to pick them up. I tried my hand at watercoloring the river and mountains from the top of an overlook, but it started drizzling and my paints began to run. I took a photo from there, so maybe I'll finish the painting when I get my photos developed. Or not.....
I brought home some potatoes, okra, and green beans from Mama and Daddy's garden. I can't wait to fry up some okra tomorrow night. I'll make a pone of cornbread to go with it too. Slice a big, red tomato and boil some ears of corn. Ooh wee! At's good eatin'. There's my Tennessee accent coming out!
Anyway, we're home now and glad and sorry to be. I could stay up there for weeks, but we have our life here. I wish the two could be combined. I love them both.