Son John $pencer planned a hike near Mount Mitchell for his siblings and nephews. The only comment I can make is that all of them enjoyed the scenery, the exercise, and the company. John and I had his car serviced, and we met them on the mountain. We were going to a restaurant for a late lunch. Instead, we shopped for potato chips, ground bison, hamburger meat, hot dogs, potato salad, and baked beans and ate at John’s and Rose’s place. As often happens, Nathaniel ended up near the grill. He was chatting with Rose and $ in this photo.
We made ourselves comfortable and enjoyed the feast.
Hammocks were a hit. David sprawled in one as John $ set up the other one.
Nathaniel took a turn with arms and legs dangling.
I wondered if he would really fit in it and soon saw the answer. He is so long and straight that he made the hammock look like a bathtub.
Rose had a chance to sit on a hammock while she petted Sadie.
A big food hit were the S’mores. Kate brought graham crackers, marshmallows, and Hershey’s candy. John $ built a fire, and the younger sets roasted the marshmallows. David always heats his marshmallow slowly so that it is molten in the middle without being burned on the outside.
Kate roasted hers, and Nathaniel did one for me. He and I like the marshmallows burned on the outside. For those who haven’t had one, a S’more is an informal dessert made with a roasted marshmallow, a few squares of Hershey’s chocolate candy, all sandwiched between graham crackers.
Lise enjoyed hers to the fullest, knowing she is not likely to have another when she goes home to Denmark.
The Johns, father and son, relaxed while the rest of us hung about the fire.
The drive back to our house took about 1 ¾ hours. I think everyone but the drivers of the two cars took a nap. Fresh air, a long walk, good food, and lots of laughter made us all sleepy. It had been a most satisfying day.