Thanksgiving in the NC Mountains

This pregnancy has thrown my life and, subsequently, my schedule for a total loop. Blog posts became something I would “worry about later”. Later has now arrived and I’m hoping to catch up before the baby arrives, when I will undoubtedly fall behind again.
Thanksgiving of 2016 found us enjoying a family camping getaway in the mountains of Cherokee, North Carolina. We took our camper up to the KOA there and enjoyed some lovely fall foliage and some cooler weather. Unfortunately, there were some major fires in the area so the air wasn’t quite as crisp as one would like, but it was still a nice respite from the Florida heat which seems to know no seasons. It was a nice, low-key holiday where we just spent time together, most of it outside– our favorite place to be.
Our campsite had these gorgeous trees at the front and the river running right behind us. 
They had one of those giant inflatable jumping pillows. He loved it!
Even Leo got in on the fun!
The beautiful view at the back of our campsite. Loved hearing the river outside our door.
Mom and James play a game of giant checkers.
His sore loser face. We are working on being a better loser and a less annoying winner. It’s a process.
All the important Thanksgiving foods came with us to enjoy.
Imagining himself as king of the rock. Or the river. King of something. 
Homeschooling can be done anywhere!
The gorgeous Smoky Mountains. 
James leads the way on our hike. He insists on being in the front.
We’ll call it “leadership skills”.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Shenks! #optoutside on Black Friday