Standing Indian Campground
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... and struggling with the internet. Finally, we decided to cancel the boat rental and try driving 30 mins into Bryson City to shop.
We spotted an article about an organic honey place in Bryson City and we set off to find it. Unfortunately, we found the shell of a building partly constructed - the place wasn't open yet!! We drove around for a few minutes and quickly concluded ...
... and the swim very pleasant.
Thao was terrified of the rope swing but finally ended up jumping off it. Mika and Matt both also mustered up the courage to jump. What a hoot!
Our lazy day ended up to be pretty exciting!
Then, we finished up with the bonfire to end all bonfires! We thought the first night's fire was big. Then the 2nd night, the fire was ...
... Phan on a hair-raising, twisty motorcycle ride on the Cherohala Skyway, considered one of the best touring roads in America.
After a couple of hours, we split up - Will an I took all 4 kids to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest for a hike while Phan and Thao took the motorcycle to conquer the Tail of the Dragon, the legendary motorcycle route featuring over 318 bends in 11 miles. They had a blast, spending almost 2 hours flying around on the sports bike! ...
Day 3: Rose Creek Gem Mine, 4 buckets of dirt for $20
Rates on their website: Dig-Your-Own from the mining tunnel: 2 for $10, all refills $5 (10 refills for $45. Minor miners, 8 & under can help adults)
The mine was in Franklin, so off we went on this day's adventure. Thao ended up paying just for herself and got 2 buckets of dirt which were perfect for Mika and Esen. Phan stood back and ...
Day 2: Tubing with Gator Tubes at Deep Creek. $3/tube
Gator Tubes is one of the first rental places u see on the road to Deep Creek. Run by a retired probation officer, they charmed us with their warm Southern hospitality. Lifejackets for the 2 little ones were an extra $5 each. They tied the tubes on top of our van and off we went!
It was a pretty long hike (10-15 min hike carrying our ...