School starts tomorrow. That means we are back to a schedule. Back to lessons. Back to hanging out in the dreaded Great Van of Happiness after school. But before the summer is all swallowed up in regimented learning, Scott and I wanted to take our kids on one last camping trip. A trip they would never forget. An adventure to end all other adventures. The mother of all excursions. Something . . . epic.
This is what we came up with.
Day One: Swim at Stone Mountain
There are a lot of waterfalls that come off of this huge mountain. Most of which have signs on them that say: “If you swim here you will probably die.” In fact, there is a special place in one of the parking lots labeled “Ambulance Parking Only.” We went to one of the “safer” waterfalls. This one just had a sign that said “Danger, slippery rocks.” And yes, they were slippery. Wonderfully slippery!
When we were done we grabbed our towels and drove across the border to our favorite campsite in Virginia. It was raining when we set up our camp, but no one gets wet who camps with Scott Dyreng. We spent a toasty night in our hammocks getting our rest because the next day we would be biking. Seventeen miles.
Day Two: Bike down the Virginia Creeper Trail
I count going down this trail as one of my top ten favorite experiences of the past decade. Golly Mister, that’s a lot of bikes.
We even brought our dog.
As you can see, my assassination attempts have failed. Not only does he live, but he is pampered.
Day Three: Hike Grayson Highlands, VA
The next morning we got up, had a gigantic breakfast (including donuts brought by some morning visitors!) and headed out on the final leg of our epic trip. We were on the hunt for Grayson Highland’s famous wild ponies.
The hills were filled with berries and cows, but no ponies. So we split our group and sent scouts ahead to see if they could find them.
We knew the ponies would be discovered sooner or later.
In the meantime we picked berries.
As you can see, they are pretty tame wild ponies (except for the one that bit Danny’s shoulder).
What do you do when you are surrounded by tame ponies?
And then it was time to start heading back. Back to schedules, back to lessons, back to school.
We drove back home Saturday night. By Sunday morning I already had a dream of our next adventure.
We went skydiving.
In the Bahamas.
Scotty, are you game?