Two weekends ago we spent some time in Echota, a development near Boone NC. It is very nice with an indoor pool for the kids, hiking trails, great views, and peace and quiet. The boys (especially Ben) were so excited to see mountains. They thought they were so cool and big.
We went out walking the first morning and discovered what the kids called the machine rock (second to last picture). It's just a name. It doesn't make any sense, even to them. But they liked to climb up the roadside hill and put leaves and rocks up on top of the machine rock. Little boy stuff.
The boy's cousins were also there, which made the trip even more exciting. They play well together.
We saw a lot of wildlife, including a deer that ran right in front of our car as we were heading up the mountain. (Rabbits, Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Bees, and a Chipmunk as well).
The outdoor pool at the other phase of the development has a waterfall feature with flowers covering it. It also overlooks the mountains as you swim. Pretty spectacular, but it was too cold with the strong winds from the hurricane in Florida to swim outside.
We can't wait to go back for a visit.