In about a week, I'll be gathering up my family
and heading home
We haven't visited our families since Dec.'08
We've decided to give ourselves a vacation within a vacation.
Not only are we going to visit family back home,
but we're going to stay at...
It's about an hour and a half from where our families are,
but well worth the drive!
My father and his family rented cabins there every summer when he was a kid. The tradition continued and our family rents out
about 7 of the 13 cabins every summer during the same week...
sort of a family reunion, I guess.
I have so many memories there!
~ It holds a special place in my heart~
The park has changed over the years
due to lack of financial backup from the state of Tennessee.
It still has a lot to offer though...cabins
(updated with cable, etc.),
horseback riding, a swim beach (lake with sand),
hiking trails around the lake, paddleboats, fishing,
a beautiful restaurant that overlooks the lake,
an old springhouse,
archery, basketball, a playground for the kids,
camping, and mostly just a relaxing environment
filled with the chirping of crickets, the sounds of frogs, owls, etc.
Nature at its best!
There's a beautiful wooden bridge
that leads out over the lake to a covered seating area.
That's where we would always hang out
when I was a young(er) girl!
We would always carve our names in the wood.
I first had my name carved and later added the heart with "Jeff"
the first time I took him there.
Bailey's name was also added after she was born.
I am really looking forward to spending a week there
and our cabins are already booked for next summer as well!
I'm SO excited!