Clayton spent a week at the Ocoee serving several families. He had a blast and even found my love of pressure washing.
The other boys spent the week with Aunt Janice in Jackson. They had a blast. There was back to school shopping, eating whatever they wanted, and staying up late to watch Cardinal baseball.
Aunt Janice also took them to eat lunch with Fred's grandfather. They had a blast!
While the kiddos were gone, we did all sorts of fun things like wash our fence and mow the yard. Seriously, when these boys leave home, we are moving into an apartment. I'm not maintaining this yard without them. We did have lunch together and just enjoyed the quiet house. It was all things glorious.
Fred celebrated his birthday on Thursday with a Happy 16th birthday balloon, because I'm a dork. Then, later that afternoon we drove to Jasper, Arkansas for a last hoorah before school begins.
True story...I called the place we were staying for the physical address to put in my GPS. They don't have addresses. The place is so rural...they don't have 911 addresses. I had a lot of questions about this, but I just kept my eyes opened as we were driving and literally said, "There it is." Literally, no mail box, no sign, nothing. I just remembered it by the picture on vrbo. Who knew?!?
Our first day there we hiked to Triple Falls, which was more like Triple Trickle. It was not much of a waterfall, but it was a fun hike none the less.
After that hike we headed to Whitaker Point. Yes, we tried to squeeze in a lot in one day. I'd say we succeeded. The drive there was 6 miles on a gravel road. Whitaker Point is the most iconic hike in this area, so naturally we had to hike it. Minus getting separated from our children, the guys, and not having water (Mercy.) it was worth it. I mean, look at this view! Please note that these pictures look worse that reality. We were all safe in taking these pictures. Really. I wouldn't have walked out there or allowed my children to walk out there had I not felt safe.
After this hike, we decided to call it a night. Saturday morning we loaded up and headed to Mountain View, Arkansas to tour Blanchard Springs Cavern. Thankfully, this one was a guided tour with lights and guides and stairs and guides and safety precautions and wide passageways and lights. It was worth the price of admission.
After the cave tour we explored Blanchard Springs and Mirror Lake falls. It was beautiful.
We had the best time together! Until next summer friends. I think I better go get some boys to pack their lunch for school tomorrow. Can you hear the cheers of excitement?!? Ha...just kidding!