Friday, January 22

Feel Good Friday | Our Trip To Stone Mountain

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It's Friday! And that feels good. So I wanted to share some fun stuff with you today. You might remember, we bought an RV. And we took it on an inaugural trip to Stone Mountain, Georgia via Savannah. It was the quintessential inaugural trip. Lots of things went wrong. I had approximately 1 and a half emotional breakdowns, and it was also one of the most wonderful weekends of our life! 

We arrived to the South Savannah KOA at sunset. Not exactly as early as we were hoping but still with enough light that we could see. It was our first time ever checking into a campsite and hooking everything up. Everyone was super sweet and we were lucky to snag what is called a "pull through" spot which means you can drive into it and out of it without ever having to back up! 
We had a few minutes before it got totally dark to explore. Everything was was beautifully amber and the campsite had a river that ran all along the left side. 

RV life is kind of like tent camping because when the sun goes down, everything gets pretty dark. There were not lots of people sitting outside at this RV park so we decided to make sure of the twinkle lights I hung and relax a bit before heading out to dinner! 
 This is where everything took a turn. We headed out to dinner, which was good. But we were exhausted. On the way back, in the pitch black, in the middle of a not-so-great part of town our truck ran out of gas. The gas indicator was reading that was still had gas left but we were absolutely out. It wasn't until after this happened that we realized that the indicator did not account for us towing the RV all day and because of that had gotten "off". I won't go into all the details, but it was pretty stressful. A dually F450 is not an easy automobile to push when it's out of gas. Two rounds of adding gas in by cans and we still couldn't get it to start. Luckily, after some finagling and begging the car gods to spare us (with a tired kid in the back seat) the truck started and we were able to get to a gas station and back to the RV site. We thought we were out of the woods but...
The South Savannah KOA is all kinds of dreamy in the morning! Light flooded into our windows, swans were filling the lake shaking out their feathers against the rising sun. The air was crisp and cool and gorgeous. We took our dog for a walk and checked out all the other RV's in the park. Nate made coffee in the aeropress that he had roasted before we left. 
We realized late at night before bed that something was wrong with both our power and our water. (Yes, we realized this after having come back from a scary truck situation.) Luckily, the South Savannah KOA had an RV repair man they recommended and he came out that next morning even though he had other appointments. (He totally had mercy on us newbies!) We had been assured from the dealership that our RV was in perfect working order. Unfortunately that was not the case. Our water pipes were reversed and the valves were not working correctly so not only could we not get hot water, we had no pressure and it was leaking into one of the storage areas underneath our RV. Our converter was also busted so we couldn't get full power (aka lights, cooking, air conditioning). Luckily, everything was able to be fixed enough that we could carry on with our trip. Even though we were pretty upset about the fact that it ate up all our time in Savannah and we didn't get to go into town, and that it cost us a few hundred dollars in repairs, AND that the RV dealership lied to us so blatantly, we were happy to have it all working and to get on the road again toward Stone Mountain! 
We left with more than enough time to make it to the mountain before sunset. Purposefully. Because our spot at Stone Mountain was one we had to back into. And it would be the very first time we'd ever backed into a spot in the RV. Unfortunately we hit the worst traffic we've ever been in on the way and a 4 hour drive turned into an 8.5 hour drive. We arrived after dark. 
Cadence is such an incredible road tripper. He napped through most the traffic (so boring I guess) and was super excited when we got to the Stone Mountain Campground. We, on the other hand were frazzled messes. I was so stressed out I had to take two shots of whiskey after we got the RV backed into it's spot and all set up. Luckily for us... this was the end of our bad luck streak. I guess the RV gods figured we were properly initiated and if we hadn't give up yet we should be allowed to pass! HA!
The Stone Mountain Campground was incredible! It was like an amusement park. Totally different from the South Savannah Campground. You could tell this was a destination spot. It was cold and we woke up so excited to go look around and see what everything looked like! From the end of our row you could see a gorgeous view of stone mountain! I loved our spot and the entire campground and we took our morning slow... snuggling in bed, going on a few walks, and enjoying some breakfast smoothies! As we walked around we saw lots of people sitting outside chatting with neighbors, kids playing, and lots of people out walking. It was so charming! 
How about all the heart eyes for this photo I took. This is a keeper right here. This moment reminded us of why we wanted to do this. Why we spent the money, why we pushed through the first two days, why we had been so excited to have this special time as a family. 
Does anyone with kids out there ever see something in a photo and just get completely blown away by how much of a whole complete person they are? Like this... he has cuticles. For some reason that is the strangest thing for me to comprehend. Like... we made a human with cuticles. Anyways...
We decided to go hike Stone Mountain. We went about halfway up and found an incredible lookout spot. The next day we took the gondola to the top! I can't even begin to put into words how fun it was to watch Cadence get to play in nature. We really can't do this in Florida in the same way as it's usually too hot and way too buggy to hike and explore. So this was extra special for us! 
Cadence was a full on mountain man! Here he is pretending to be a lion while I do headstands on the rocks. HAHA! 
And here is is running back and forth and calling us "slow pokes" when we weren't keeping up with him! 
We were able to meet up with friends in Atlanta and go out for a double date, and then took all the kids to the Christmas park at Stone Mountain which was incredible! Thousands of twinkle lights, a parade, Santa, a carole sing-a-long train ride, and hot cocoa! It was beyond awesome! I'm thinking we should make it an annual tradition! 
I was so sad to leave. I would have been perfectly content to move into the Stone Mountain campground! It was so beautiful and festive and everyone there was so nice and welcoming and friendly! We will definitely be returning next holiday season! Oddly enough, we made it all the way from Atlanta back home to Orlando in about 9 hours! We decided to drive straight through and hit no traffic! The RV gods smiled upon and and hopefully the keep doing so! 

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