Welcome to the 49th Time Travel Thursday linky party at the Brambleberry Cottage!
Are you ready to do some traveling? Great; 'cause time never stands still!
Though our children have been out on their own for years now, the Yankee and I still believe it's important to continue to make memories together.
Recently, we went on a family camping trip to one of our favorite getaways—Stone Mountain State Park, here in North Carolina.
We've been camping at that particular park for about sixteen years and have never grown tired of the majestic mountain scenery.
When we first started our family trips to this state park, there were just under 40 campsites to choose from. But in the past several years, they've increased that number to 90.
By frequently camping at this same park over the years, we were able to discover which sites were most to our liking.
In years past, it was a simple matter of loading up the gear, the kids and the dogs, and showing up at the campground to claim one of our favorite spots.
We got quite the surprise this trip, when we discovered that you now need to make reservations—or run the risk of not getting a place to camp.
Thank goodness there were two sites available this time!
Here are just a few reasons why this place is so special to us.
The tranquil streams, meandering throughout the park, are so clear, you can see every stone, rock, and pebble beneath the surface.
The surrounding 14,000 picturesque acres are teeming with lush, unspoiled flora and fauna.
There are numerous breathtakingly beautiful falls tucked amid the mossy mountain rocks and boulders.
At Widow's Creek, you can even slide down one of the lower falls into a calm, clear—RIDICULOUSLY COLD—pool...if you dare. ; )
When the children were younger, that was one of their favorite forms of entertainment, when we camped here.
Since I DO NOT like to be cold, I was always quite content to lounge beneath the massive green canopy of the surrounding trees, bask in the incredible beauty of the landscape, and watch my loved ones making memories for a lifetime. ; )
Linking to Susan's for Outdoor Wednesday, Mary's for Share the Love Wednesday, Tracie's for Cottage Flora Thursdays, and Meg's for Everything But the Kitchen Sink.
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