Friday, July 23, 2010

I'm back from vacation - and a chicken update

I'm baaaaack! My family and I spent the past week in North Carolina on our summer family vacation. It was a 9-hour drive each way and my boys did great in the car, which I was quite apprehensive about with a trip this far. We had a wonderful time enjoying the change of scenery and seeing the boys experience hills and mountains for the first time.

Here's a snapshot of the mile-high swinging bridge at Grandfather Mountain that we crossed to climb on the rocks on the other side. It was a new experience for my Florida-born boys to feel the winds on top of a mountain and to see clouds below them. My 6-year-old wondered where all the palm trees were and wondered why he could smell Christmas trees on our hike. I guess he never realized that they don't grow in parking lots under a tent.

We also took the boys panning for gold at the Reed Gold Mine - the first place gold was discovered in the United States. They say if you're lucky you'll come home with a gold flake in a little vile of water after panning through a large pile of rock and sand. And oddly enough, BOTH of my boys found a piece of gold, which was an awesome experience. They also got quite a kick out of an outhouse at the gold mine with some interesting toilet paper.


When we got home I ran straight out to the chicken coop to see how my recuperating girls were doing. Oddly enough, they seem to be handling this case of avian pox really well. All three chickens have some pox on them, but it's by no means severe. They seem better than when we left and it's definitely a very mild case. Thanks to everyone for the kind words of support and concern and all the emails asking for an update on my girls!!

I've got 9,000 loads of laundry to do and a ridiculous number of bags to unpack, but it's all worth it since our vacation was superb and we came home to healthy, happy pets!


meemsnyc said...

Sounds like a fun vacation. Hopefully the chickens will rid their Avian flu soon!

Erin said...

Looks like fun! I hope you did okay with this horrible heat. My kids always surprise me in the car (our drives twice a year are 23 hours each way home to MN!), I think I want to throw a tantrum more than they do. I want to go on vacation, but I think it will have to wait until Christmas this year, sigh.... Glad the girls are doing well and there were no surprises upon your return, great pics!

Annie*s Granny said...

Welcome home! So happy to hear you survived the trip and the girls are OK.

Stefaneener said...

I love the running outside first thing. Must be a gardening side effect. Good about the girls; glad the kids enjoyed being in a very different environment. Welcome home.

donna said...

Time away with your family...that's wonderful. Glad it was fun for all of you.

So many things now days to entertain children during long car trips. I remember when all we had was the imaginary line down the middle of the back seat and I dared my sister to cross it.

Sorry to here the chicks were feeling well. Sounds like they're on the mend.


daisy g said...

Glad you're back safe-n-sound. We will be headed up there in a couple of weeks. Nothing like a change of scenery to clear the mind. Welcome back to the heat of summer! Only 8 more weeks to go!

Dani said...

Glad y'all had such a great time!

We're gonna be heading to Beachview next Friday for our vacay. Good Times. :)

June said...

Oh, it's so so hard when the chickens are ailing. I'm so happy you came home to happy and healthy hens. Ours got sick right before our vacation too; that adds such stress and worry.

Beautiful trip!

Annie*s Granny said...

Are you caught up after your vacation? You haven't blogged for five days now, and I am missing you terribly "sniffle".

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