A Family Visit

Sean crossing a creek on rocks instead of using the bridge.  July 10, 2009.

Sean crossing a creek on rocks instead of using the bridge. July 10, 2009.

We had a wonderful visit with my son, Bob, and grandson, Sean, on Friday and Saturday.  They were staying, along with my son’s girlfriend, Mel,  and her son, Zack, at a condo in the North Carolina mountains owned by Mel’s parents.

Zack is older than Sean, so Sean has an ‘older brother’ to play with and do things with.  We were impressed at how well the two boys got along and how well they cooperated at doing their chores together.

We met them on Friday morning at Pink Beds, a picnic area in Pisgah National Forest.  After a short hike and a delicious picnic lunch, we went to nearby Sliding Rock.  Sliding Rock is a naturally occurring 60-foot waterslide with an eight-foot deep pool that has been developed into a recreation area by the US Forest Service.

Bob and Sean at Sliding Rock.  July 10, 2009.

Bob and Sean at Sliding Rock. July 10, 2009.

When we got to Sliding Rock there were many people enjoying the slide (but even more were watching).  While we were there the water temperature was about 50°, but that didn’t deter Bob and the boys, as you can see from the picture above.  They went down the slide twice, but then Sean decided that was enough.  As he explained, the was COLD!

After everyone got changed into dry clothes we then drove to the condo northeast of Asheville, NC.  There Bob and Mel were perfect hosts and prepared a delicious meal.  The condo is an absolutely gorgeous area and some of those views will be the subject of future posts.

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17 Responses to “A Family Visit”

  1. Neal Says:

    Why are kids so fascinated with water? I can remember playing for hours in a little creek near my home when I was a kid. It was especially good if it rained a whole lot and the creek rose a lot. Like I told Betsy, I’m glad you guys had a great trip and got home safe and sound.

  2. Fishing Guy Says:

    George: Where’s that photo of you on the rock? LOL

  3. NCMountainwoman Says:

    Oh, yeah. That water is COLD! Glad you had a good time.

  4. Suz Says:

    How fun. I remember going down sliding rock too and it was COLD!!!
    Glad you had a nice visit.

  5. Susie Says:

    I bet that water was cold George! But it looks like they were having a blast! So, how many times did you and Betsy slide down?!?!?!?

  6. Tammie Says:

    Looks like you had such a wonderful time. It has been so long since i have slide on a rock slide! FUN!

  7. VickiS ~ FL Says:

    What a fun time had by all! It does look quite cold though especially since we’re used to 85+ degree gulf water temperatures!

  8. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    I’m glad you had a good time with fmily.That water slide looks interesting,but I would rather be watching as well.
    Blessings,Ruth

  9. imac Says:

    Neat post with great pics and tale George.
    It great to get together and have fun.

  10. Mary Says:

    Brrrrr….makes me cold to think about it, but I bet it was a lot of fun! How come you didn’t talk Betsy into trying it 🙂

  11. ewok1993 Says:

    Oh I think I would have tried the slide too. How much fun is that! Enjoy the week.

  12. LEEDRA Says:

    Both photos capture great memories. The boys will want these in years to come. Sounds like a great visit with family.

  13. Rose Says:

    I am with Neal–don’t know what it is with kids and water. Heck, don’t even have to be a kid…I see a creek like that and I immediately want to start looking for crawdads, and just seeing what I can find.

  14. Carletta Says:

    Sean crossing the creek brings back lots of memories of my brother and I playing at my Grandparents house.
    And, I have been to Sliding Rock. I wondered when I would see something on your blog that I was familiar with. 🙂
    Glad you and Betsy had a good time.

  15. Kirigalpoththa Says:

    I have done that ‘sliding rock’ here too 🙂

    Got to be careful though..

  16. Your EG Tour Guide Says:

    Fun post, George. How nice the boys get along so well! Your son looks like a terrific dad. 😉

  17. Hilda Says:

    I am so glad you had a wonderful visit with your son and his family! The slide looks so fun! But I daren’t try it when the water’s cold!

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