One of our favorite things about living in Athens is its proximity to the mountains. Today we decided that we needed a little escape. So we drove up to Helen. We walked around a little bit and visited the Nora Mill Granary. Landon tried his first grits and loved them! He also liked watching the rushing water and feeding the fish...although he kept trying to eat the fish food...yuck!
We then had a picnic lunch by a lovely trout stream. Landon liked sitting on the blanket and trying to eat the dirt. (Are you noticing a trend...?) He looked so cute in his REI hat from Popsy and Lolo.
After lunch, we drove to Unicoi State Park and hiked up to the top of Anna Ruby Falls. Landon and Daddy got to try out the hiking backpack for the first time. Landon LOVED it! He laughed out loud for the first ten minutes of the hike. So much that he got the hiccups! It was really cute! The hike was really nice, and the waterfall was just beautiful.
After the hike, we stopped at a park to soak up our last bit of time in the mountains. We played on the playground for a bit and then Landon crawled around on a blanket in the sunshine. We were sad to go home, but left dreaming about the future when maybe some day we will have a cabin of our own in the mountains.