– Renting a speed boat and learning how to get around a lake we’ve never visited
– The daily wrapping up of Kellan’s knee due to his emergency room visit the day before we left! Thirteen stitches at 2:30 am was NOT on the list of things to experience, but an intense game of flashlight tag during boys night added a little extra unexpected element to our vacation
– Finding one of the most breathtaking views (after a VERY long hike uphill) in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was truly spectacular, however Claire and Kellan both agreed it was their first (and last) visit to McAfee Knob
– Finding a quaint little ceramic shop to satisfy Claire’s quest for artsy activities
– Playing with Max and Apollo at our lake house dock
– Taking a fishing charter and scouting for Stripers on the lake
– Playing mini golf at Bridgewater Plaza followed by our nightly trip for Chocolate Moose Tracks Ice-cream- SO good! and of course the arcade
– Kayaking, paddle boating and doing our best to stand on the paddle boards were a daily occurrence
– Evening campfires on our lakefront beach! (This was Aaron’s compromise to not going to the ocean….not quite the same, but it was such a cute little area that we loved chilling at)
– Daily face to face conversations with each other that included much laughter and little use of cell phones
Our eight mile round trip hike to McAfee Knob
There were so many steps to reach the lake from our house. Thankfully the owners let us use their golf cart!
Smith Mountain Lake was SO beautiful!
We finally made it to the top!
Loving our time on the boat…Max and Apollo too!
Our Boat Captain!
Finding our way around the Lake
The Fishermen! We started out at 8 am and didn’t get a single bite until noon. I was starting to worry we wouldn’t catch anything.
Kellan’s purchase from the arcade…Aaron bought it from him to keep us all sane…
Kathy, our fishing guide
Claire and Apollo reenacting the “Lion King”