Every area or region in the U.S.of A. probably has at least one hidden treasure – –
a spot that not everyone knows about, but that is overwhelming in its beauty or resources.
Our area is actually full of those kinds of places, and yesterday we got to spend the whole afternoon at one of them. YMCA Camp Greenville is a privately-owned property on the border of North and South Carolina that opened in 1912 as a summer camp for boys.
Its nearly 500 acres is situated in one of the most magnificent timber and mountainous regions of the Great Smokies. Camp Greenville offers not only a full schedule of summer camps, but also year-round camps and activities such as retreats for women, family retreats, homeschool days, and retreats for families with children on the autism spectrum.
And then they have just started offering “Family Fun Days”, like yesterday, where they open up their facility and activities – – absolutely free – – for local families to come and experience. Although we had often heard of and about Camp Greenville, our family was unprepared for just what a delightful place it really is.
So yesterday, we tried to pack as much into four hours as possible, with a little zip-lining…
A little snake-handling
A little hiking and waterfalling (ok, a LOT of hiking and waterfalling)
A little square-dancing…(that’s Uber and I in the forefront)
A lot of catching our breath over the views from the Symmes Chapel(the place, by the way, where my parents got married, but I had never seen until yesterday…cool, huh?)
Yep. I know. We have it good. Let’s see what Firefly Mom has up her sleeve this week…
(p.s…if you want to join in the Field Trip Wars, feel free to throw your hat in the ring at any time!!)