Thursday, April 18, 2013

Spring Break 2013

Lucas' Spring Break fell on the last week of March this year...just before Daddy was scheduled to come home. ;( We were not excited to make plans without him but we knew that getting out of town would be the best thing for us all.

Our plan was to drive to Kentucky and spend a week at our cozy, little cabin and that's what we set out to do. The boys and I headed north for some hiking and climbing at the Red River Gorge.
We love our cabin...especially with some hot cocoa and a good movie!
 After two days, the weather was taking a turn for the worse and snow was in the forecast. Instead of sticking it out in the cabin, we drove back south to our friends house in Knoxville, TN. It was a perfect place to spend two snowy days and a great opportunity to learn about the city. We had no trouble filling up two days in Knoxville. We checked out the local climbing gym, the bouncy castle place, the American Museum of Science and Energy, Discover Center and Ijams Nature Center. We also spent time catching up with Bentley and Jessica. We baked and cooked and giggled and tickled and laughed and enjoyed everyone. It was a great distraction to us missing Daddy and being anxious for him to get home. 
Lucas flying the space shuttle at the Discovery Center. Later that day, the boys tired astronaut ice cream. They were amazed that it was freeze-dried but not super excited about it's weird taste and consistency.

Mr. Legoman was HAPPY!

Ijams Nature Center offered some hiking trails and cool animals to view. We sure miss good hiking trails!

Before heading back to the cabin, we decided to spend a day climbing at Obed. This was our first experience climbing there and it was so fun to check out a new area. It was also the first day we had seen sun after the snow so everyone was in good spirits.

This was Lucas' leaf decoration he created while I was climbing with friends.

Here is a few from the top of a climb we did. It was so nice to be back in the hills and out of Florida!

This area is called South Clear and the climbs sure were fun. Lots of variety but overall short and powerful.

Here Lena climbs to the top enjoying the sun.

Mommy climbed next. It was beautiful!

Mommy working on her tan!

This little pup welcomed us up at the parking lot and joined us for the 20+ minute hike to the crag. He was our loyal companion all day...must have realized that the group with 2 boys had the best possibility for dropped treats and free handouts. :) He reminded me of our old puppy "Nick" with his cute face and short stocky legs. Later in the day, he lead us back to the parking lot even when we got a little off trail. Our little guardian angel!

Check out this roof!!!
We opted for the vertical section of the climb instead of the roof and had plenty of fun. Edward is showing us how it's done.

Here he is again!

Even though the snow was exciting, the boys were super happy to be back outside and in the sun.

Just another view of the crag.

Lucas with his shaggy hair do. :)

Axel was looking pretty shaggy too. Hair cuts were in order before Daddy got home. :)

That night, we stayed at a hostel and the boys were thrilled there was a fire place.

It was a large, solar power cabin with a rain collection system. It was perfect for one night but we were thankful for our friends in Knoxville. They have a beautiful home and they are just so great with the boys. Thanks Bentley and Jess!!!

We eventually made it back to the cabin and had a few beautiful days climbing. The boys even got their climb on!!

I was so proud!! We need to buy Lucas so new climbing shoes...

He went up to the top with zero hesitation.

Axel was very excited to get his turn. He had left his climbing shoes in Knoxville by accident so he was in the same boat as Lucas.

He climbed a little and then wanted to be hauled up to the top. This was a huge improvement from last summer where he was freaked out after going about 6 - 10 feet up. Not this time, he was ready to go up, up, up and then discovered just how fun it as to come down.

It blew me away, they did awesome!!

Everyone always asks me what the boys do while I climb...they climb trees, dig in the dirt, build forts, play games and enjoy nature. They are busy all day long!

Lucas loved these fun trees.

So did Axel. Do you see how big this boy is getting?!!!

Mommy found herself a climb called Jesus Wept 5.12c/d. It's one I have had my sights on for many years. It's very popular and usually has a line of people waiting to get on and for good reason. It's gorgeous!! The photo shows my two most favorite sections. It starts out very steep and powerful (not pictured) and then lightens up a bit but still has a bite all the way to the top.

We talked about our awesome friends in Knoxville?! Here they are...Lucas, Bentley, Axel and Jess who were all having a blast with the iPad and iPhone action movie apps. With the crazy weather, we sure were thankful to have friends willing to open up their home to make our Spring Break complete!
Despite all the back and forth driving, we had a wonderful Spring Break. We also heard wonderful news, Daddy was on his way home!!!

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