Rachel and I took our first trip to the Smoky Mountains in November of 1981. It was our first family vacation together and we traveled that year with her Mom and Dad to Gatlinburg, TN. Just the sight of the mountains brought us great joy and the culture was laid back and easy. We were hooked. We have traveled back to those mountains many times since that first trip, many years ago. It became our annual family vacation destination. Our kids count those hills as our second home. We are making plans for our 2018 Summer vacation so the mountains are on my mind today. Now, our kids are all grown up and some of them are married so this next summer vacation we will enter a new era of life. In 2018 three generations of us will make the trek together, with sons and daughters in law in tow along with our first grand child. We are looking forward to making new memories in our mountains. There’s nothing on the earth quite like family.
1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
The Smoky Mountains