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Smith Mountain Lake

7 Jul

We left hone on Saturday morning and drove to Smith Mountain Lake in about 4 hours. Our hopes that Miss H would be better in the car were short-lived. Even with the DVD built into the car, games, crayons, books and a suitcase full of toys, she was still not amused with the whole event. We stopped a few times to try and break up the trip but there was definitely some tears along the way and many requests to go back home. But, once we got there- she was all smiles. The resort was great and the pool was a huge hit. Especially those orange tunnels.

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Our place was nice too! I just forgot to take pictures to prove it. Right behind our place was this great little beach and docks.

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The water was really clear and warm. Plus, it was easy to dig for clams.

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Kerry helped point them out.

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Miss H kept up with her fearless ways in the water and the lake was perfect (no undertow or big waves like the ocean) for her.

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And, she liked to just lounge around.

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On the drive down on Saturday, Kerry saw the sign for Appomattox Court House and I knew we would be making a stop at some point over the week. The opportunity presented itself on Monday morning when it was a little overcast.

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The park was nice and the weather cleared by the time we arrived. Here is Miss H in front of the jail.

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On the same location is McLean House.

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For the Civil War buffs, here is the place of the surrender.

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We walked around, hit the gift shop (I refused to buy the Civil War coloring book and luckily convinced Miss H that the train one was much cooler) and explored all the buildings. Then we made a stop in Lynchburg, found a playground, found the J.Crew factory and headed back to the resort for swimming.

Before you start to think that vacation is all fun and games- on Tuesday morning, both Kerry and Miss H got to be seen at the local urgent care. It was a really nice urgent care and they got us in and out super quick 🙂 They both had a variety of awesome symptoms- sore throats, coughing, vomiting, ear aches and congestion.Miss H had strep plus an ear infection and Kerry had a really bad cold and sinus infection so it was back to rest for all of us since sleep was not something any of us got the night before.

I think at this point we both considered heading home (Miss H was mentioning it every 5 minutes) but we decided to stay and the rest of the week was much better! Luckily, Tuesday was a rainy dreary day and it made for good being sick weather.

By Wednesday morning, Miss H was much improved (Kerry was slightly improved) and we were glad we stayed.

More to come….

 

 

Back from the Lake!

6 Jul

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We spent the last week at Smith Mountain Lake and it was really fun! Kerry spent many a childhood summer on lakes in Minnesota and has often talked about the wanting to explore lakes closer to home so we decided to give it a go. We stayed at Mariner’s Landing and it was nice to have all the space, several pools, a beach and being close to a lot of fun things.

Life at the lake was definitely low-key and that is exactly what we needed. We spent lots of time in the water, explored the area, had some great food and generally just enjoyed ourselves. I will post all the details later but here is a little preview.

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