Saturday, July 21, 2012

Day Trip'in ... Summer Fun

After a June that had us staying put due to ballet and baseball - the past two weekends we have enjoyed day trips in the North Georgia mountains.  Last weekend we went tubing with our Sunday School class in Helen. It was, for the most part, quite relaxing and enjoyable! Even our dog, Maggie, got in on the fun. Everyone slept well that night ... two hours on an icy cold river can wear you out. Only two pictures on the river {thanks to my friend Amanda Craig for purchasing them for us!} taken by the tubing company. Ava Mae said next time we need to bring along a waterproof camera.

This weekend we took the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway up to Tennessee.

We rolled along the Toccoa River - through beautiful scenery.

When we weren't looking at the beautiful views - the kids enjoyed exploring the train. The train was really large - lots of cars to explore, even a snack bar car.

We even ran into some interesting characters on the train - including, Santa Claus - apparently he is on vacation.  The train conductor was so nice and chatted with the kids before punching our tickets with his star punch. He heard it was almost Devin's birthday and got our whole train car to sing "Happy Birthday" to him.

When we arrived at our destination it was pouring down rain but, we waited it out for about 15 minutes and then we were off to explore the quaint little towns on both the Georgia and Tennessee side of the state line.

Ava Mae and Devin enjoyed being in two states at once.

After lunch and a little shopping it was time to reboard for the one hour trip back to Blue Ridge.

Hoping to do this trip again some day ... during the peak Fall foliage would be beautiful!

1 comment:

Katie said...

I've always wanted to do this...I keep hoping to do it every fall but still haven't made it happen. Maybe this will be the year! It looks like yall had fun!