This was our second time traveling to the Elkmont Campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to see the synchronous fireflies. This year, we went with four other families who are dear friends of ours and it was a blast. The synchronous fireflies did not disappoint. I found this video on YouTube in case you are wondering what these fireflies are all about;
Shelby's birthday was Friday and she loves camping, so we told her that this was her birthday party. My parents gave her an ENO hammock for her birthday and she spent a great deal of the weekend in her "birfday hammock" swinging and relaxing and napping by the river.
Our campsites were riverside which was heaven for both children and adults. I loved the communal feel of this weekend. People spilled from one campsite to another and parents fed and took care of each other's children.
The kids had an amazing tolerance for icy cold water and were in the river exploring and tubing from 8 a.m. till 8 p.m.--stopping every now and then to eat. My favorite part of the weekend was sitting by the river relaxing and laughing with friends while watching the kids float past on their tubes.
Many thanks to my friend Jessica for providing photographic evidence of my presence at this glorious weekend of fun:
Sweet Landen was the littlest kid at the campsite and he did his best to keep up with all the big kids.
Group photos can be challenging--enter the selfie stick that the Grahams brought. Here is the selfie stick in action:
I think it is very safe to say that a good time was had by all! What a wonderful start to our summer--1 week till summer break!