Over the weekend of July 4th we took a family vacation to the Cabins at Crabtree Falls between Charlottesville, and Lynchburg, Virginia - pretty much smack dab in the middle of wilderness. We called what we did "cabinning" because although it was in the woods - we did have indoor plumbing, so we didn't think it right to call it camping.
For this family with 3 city dwelling girls, it was as rustic as we'll be able to handle for a while! (We stayed in Annie's Cabin and it was perfect!) Our activities planned included swimming in the river, hiking to the top of Crabtree falls, roasting marshmallows, exploring, and just being together.
We did indeed hike most of the trail to the top of the falls - we made it 1.1 miles out of the 1.7. Canaan hiked almost the entire way!!! Jonathan carried Lena in a backpack, I carried Taylor in a backpack (both were made for carrying children!), and Canaan carried lunch in a backpack. She was such a trooper. The scenery was absolutely beautiful...we took pictures - but they seem to have been eaten by the computer.
However, the highlight of the hike for the girls (and I mean Canaan and Lena) was when they had to go to the bathroom. They thoroughly enjoyed learning how to "go in the woods" and I think they determined to hold it until they could go outside the rest of the weekend! They are now educated on the finer points of where to put your feet and how to go off the trail.
More on the rest of the experience later....It was full of excellent stories!