Last weekend, Cary and I headed out on a drive. We really didn't have a destination. We started towards Guntersville and stopped by the dam. Then we decided to cut across Grant and head to Mentone to see the trees. The trees were just beginning to change. Apparently, there was some sort of Fall Festival going on that we just missed. We also discovered a Southern Living restaurant, but decided to save that for another trip. Since we were close to DeSoto Falls and I have never been, we stopped by for a quick view.
Last Sunday was the annual Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll. I have enjoyed going for the last few years and this year was no different. However, there were more people there than I have ever seen before! I think it was because the weather was so beautiful! There are local "celebrities" dressed in character that give you a little history of the person they are representing as well as the spooky side. I really enjoyed listening to Dr. Burritt and learned a lot about him that I did not know.
I was not impressed with Madam Mollie Teal. She was very into herself and did not present well.
Steve Johnson plays Mary Todd Lincoln's half brother.
Robert and Jacque Reeves help organize this event and are very knowledgeable about the history and ghosts in the Huntsville area.
Here are some of the other "spirits" we stopped to listen to.
Our last full day in the mountains was packed! We started the day with a hike. Then we came back to the resort to rest and grill hamburgers. I had gotten Bryson a haunted house to decorate so we went on the porch and got to work. Bryson had lots of fun putting all the candy and icing on. I think he thought he was going to eat the whole thing. He did end up eating part of the roof when it collapsed.
Cary and I had planned on going to the Dixie Stampede since Cary had never been. Since Sara is allergic to horses, we thought we could take Bryson to the show while everyone else went to the antique stores. Bryson loved the show! We went a little early so we could get some pictures made out front. They always have it decorated for fall.
Bryson and I both agreed that our favorite part of the show was the pig races! Bryson also loved waving his flag every time their was a contest against the North and the South. Unfortunately, we had to sit on the North side because the South sold out quickly. But, we ended up winning at the end!
After the show we saw the horses and met some of the riders, then we headed back to The Old Mill to pick up some corn chowder mix. We had a little time to waste so we went to the the toy store and headed down to the water to practice skipping rocks again and feed the ducks.
Our last stop for the day was the famous Wild Woody go-carts. It is always a tradition to ride go-carts here. I usually am the fastest driver. However, on the last lap when I was about to pass Cary and Sara, I got hit by another car that spun me around. I sat on the track waiting for help when a worker from the kiddie area finally rescued me. When I got back to the start, they had already closed the gate on me!
Bryson was so excited about riding the go-carts by himself. We waited a long time for Stephen to get the tickets for him. Then Bryson decided he didn't want to ride! He wanted to ride back with Cary and I, but started throwing a fit right when we pulled out of the parking lot. We had to listen to him scream all the way back to the resort. Needless to say, I was ready for him to go to bed!
It was a great way to spend our last full day in the Smoky Mountains!
During Fall Break, we went on a short hike in the Smoky Mountains. We have been on this easy trail which leaves from the Visitor's Center many times. Bryson made sure Puppy came along for the hike. Somehow, Puppy ended up "hiking" with me for the majority of the trail!
About half way, we came to the cabin. I've always thought it would have been fun to live in a cabin with no neighbors, but I guess it wouldn't be too fun when winter came!
Bryson found a huge leaf!
I wanted to get pictures of everyone on the hike. Some participants were more willing than others!
I couldn't forget a picture of Puppy who was hiking along with me!
This is our first picture with my new teeth!
Stephen and I have several pictures from us when we were younger in this tree. It is a tradition to get our picture made any time we go on this trail. I think we are about too big to get in it!
On the way back into town, we stopped at the scenic overlook. The trees were just beginning to change.