When the sky is blue, and the temps are mild, and the leaves are changing, and your husband has a day off... heading outside to play is an obvious choice! With so many wonderful mountain trails and waterfalls close to home, finding a new place to explore is always fun.
We spent all of Columbus Day exploring the Linville Caverns and hiking along the Linville Falls.
Only two hours from home, the area has plenty of easy-to-manage trails for little ones and some incredible views without a strenuous effort to enjoy them.
But someone always had eyes closed, or head turned, or hair in the face, or hands moving, or...! I ask my kids to just stand still and act normal for 10 seconds, and Grady tells me that dorky family pictures are the things we'll laugh and cry about 20 years from now so I need to let it go.
Home in time for the bedtime routine, and just like that, our mountain getaway was over. Interesting that a two hour drive made us feel like we were a world away from home.