Wednesday, May 27, 2009

We had fun even though my ears still hurt.

On Monday my husband wanted to do something special since it was Memorial Day. And I am always a fan of getting out of the house, so we decided on a quick trip to Pilot Mountain.

You might recognize Pilot Mountain as "Mt. Pilot" from the Andy Griffith show. It's only about a 30 minute drive from our house so we decided that would be our destination.


Before we left, we tried to convince Sarah to wear some sensible shoes. But the girl is all about fashion and decided that her pink faux-croc thong sandals that are embellished with crystals would be more appropriate than say her sneakers.

I was not surprised when after only two minutes on the trail up to the knob her right foot landed in a mud puddle and she began screaming and whining that the dirty sandal must be removed from her foot immediately. She wanted to walk barefooted.

We told her that she should have worn different shoes and that she has to keep the dirty shoes on until we get off the trail.

My husband is a man and he's half deaf so blocking out whining for an hour is no problem for him. However, when one of my kids is whining, I may as well be a dog and the whining may as well be a siren because it drives me mad.

So my husband and my son were totally oblivious and were traipsing happily along the trail while Sarah was whining and I was clawing at my ears as we lagged behind them.

We managed to get there between rain showers and were treated to gorgeous views.


And at one point Peter said, "This is better than buying a new toy!" (I'll have to remind him of this around Christmas.) And yes, Sarah is wearing a skirt because you don't wear pink sandals that are embellished with crystals with a pair of shorts.


And no, Sarah's not admiring the beauty of the overhanging rocks in the photo above, she has her back turned because she doesn't want to be in the picture.


But she did manage a few smiles. But mostly when it involved harassing her brother.

Over all, we enjoyed the hike up to the knob and the 0.8 mile walk around the knob. When it was over Sarah requested Dairy Queen.

Mmmmmmmmm....Dairy Queen!

Rats! If I hadn't been sick, skipped Shredding for 3 days and been eating like a pig and had Sarah not spent the last hour acting like a drama queen and whining like a 2 year-old, we totally would have totally gone to Dairy Queen.

Looks like another trip to Mt. Pilot may be in order!

20 comments:

Grandma T said...

Great post and pictures! You have a way of making a trip beautiful, even with the whining!!

RR Mama said...

What a great idea! I love the pictures too. Don't forget I left something at my blog for you!

Ann said...

Great pictures! I came across your blog on blogher. I am a NC mom as well....we often take trips to Pilot Mtn....it's so beautiful.

Mari said...

I didn't know Mt. Pilot was a real place. It's beautiful!

Kimberly said...

We've gone there a bunch too. Be sure and go in the fall....gorgeous leaf color!!

Jaina said...

How beautiful! That's neat that Mt. Pilot is real...I never thought about it really. I love Andy Griffith :) I hope you get to go back soon!

Corey~living and loving said...

what a great family outing. too bad about the whining though...that would have drove me off the edge of the mountain too.

Heather said...

Is it a girl thing? Is this something I am going to have to look forward to with Olivia?
My boys could care less what hey have on and no whining from them thus far:o)

Leendaluu said...

Oh that sounds like my house and the twinadoes...who insist on wearing platform play shoes on a walk and wanting to be carried after the first hundred yards....

EntertainingMom said...

i had to rush over as soon as I saw your beautiful profile pic on my blog... is this the new Shredded You? You look simply beautiful...Oh, and the pictures of Mt. Pilot are pretty darned nice too. Hope your ears are finally feeling better!

Denise said...

Such awesome pictures.

Elizabeth said...

Good for you for not giving in...whining MUST not be rewarded!
My husband, too is deaf to whining..and repeated questions...I keep telling him that he is turning our girls into "nags"...they have to keep bugging him & he never seems to hear them!

Christina said...

Wow what a beautiful place.

That's so funny about the shoes. I'm not sure girls always think practical.

Jeneil said...

8)
But you gotta love her sense of style...

Oh, I remember Pilot Mountain from when we used to live in NC. These photos brought back memories.

Momisodes said...

It's crazy how similar our lives are. We passed up ice cream with our daughter on Monday for her bad behavior, too.

And ROFL at, "My husband is a man and he's half deaf so blocking out whining for an hour is no problem for him." That sounds so familiar!

I love the photos. Looks like it is an amazing place!

Kim said...

Glad you are feeling better! Looks like a great family day. Claire hit 2 and the whinning began, it drives me nuts also and Ken is kinda deaf to it :)

Don Mills Diva said...

Glad you were feeling well enough for a hike - that place looks gorgeous!

Rebekah said...

I have been trying to comment but my computer at work wont let me open certain blogs so I can only read. Im at home and its working fine.

Ok- Pilot Mt. I love it! I went to a summer camp close to there and one evening we went to the Mayberry Mall.

Glad you are feeling better

Debbie said...

We stated at a great bed and breakfast near there several years ago.

Pam said...

I had to laugh about your husband tuning out the whining. My husband has ADD, and something like whining distracts him so badly that he CAN'T focus when there is whining going on. I have tried telling him to ignore it, especially in the car, but no luck.

We have driven up Pilot Mtn. several times, but never hiked it. Let the whining begin!