Mini Mountain Vacation: Day 3 (Part 1)

Posted by Liz McCoy Sunday, October 11, 2009

Well here we are our third day on vacation and our second full day at the cabin. Same schedule this morning. I think most everyone had pancakes I had coffee and a bagel for breakfast. I think I was showering during everyone’s breakfast.

Jack, Dad and I played a bit of peek-a-boo in the bedroom…”Jack-a-mo where are you???”


Papaw had been telling us of a nearby town called McCaysville and something about our ancestry. So we decided to head on over to the town to see what was up.  This was also the end I believe of the scenic railway route.  We didn’t want to miss out on family fun time so our family went too.  It was a cool morning over cast but thankfully not raining as it did every night I think.

We snapped a couple pictures before we left of Jack and Abby. The cute ones-

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The super hero shots:

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Dad even jumped in there to get a shot with his son. What a bummer the sun was shining so bright on Jack’s face


This is sooo my kid right now, every question or statement is emphasized by putting his hands on his hips. LOL It’s just too funny to see.


We all piled into the 2 minivans and headed out to McCaysville. Our minivan had our family, Papaw & Mamaw. We had a great time fellowshipping in the car. I think it was nice for Jack to have a bit of one on one time with them. Both Ken and I mentioned it was one of our favorite parts of the trip.

So we arrived in McCaysville…Hmmm I cannot say I was remotely impressed. Don’t get me wrong small towns are awesome and I enjoy just walking around and seeing sites but this town was pretty boring. Not sure if it was the wrong time of year or if it just isn’t a touristy town.  We opted for the driving tour. I snapped pictures from the back seat of the minivan.


We did stop by the Woodland Express Mini-Mall. An antique store filled with different seller’s booths. I like those kinds of stores. The Owner or worker was sooo friendly. If you find yourself in McCaysville be sure to stop. He definitely had some great personality and was willing to chat.


I found a vintage kids accordion for Jack and a Big Boy bobble head for our collection.

The guy at the mini mall suggested we eat at this diner at the end of the block. I definitely would not recommend this restaurant. Our service was great the food was much less than special and for the price definitely not worth it.  We sat on the patio and wouldn’t you know it that is when the sun came out and it was HOT!  I did like the location of the restaurant it had an outdoor patio right on the river that ran through town. the kids liked looking at the ducks and the water.


Not too many pictures again today I wanted to make sure we gave Jack lots of attention again today.

We did take a couple pictures while sitting at the table. There was this random totem pole next to our table.


The river.


A mini photoshoot of Jack on the bridge. Did you know it was difficult to give direction to a 3yo. Plus he definitely is growing into his dad’s goofy smile LOL.


I liked the bridge don’t think I really captured it how I wanted in these shots but here is one of Pman.


After lunch we took up the advice of the guy at the mini mall and headed over to Mercier’s Apple Orchard. WOW now we know where everyone in the area was they were here!!  I highly recommend heading over to Mercier’s Apple Orchard if your traveling through or staying in the blue ridge area. Well worth the stop this time of year.  This is not a pick your own kind of orchard it’s the store front. Of course there were apple tasting and apple juice and cider. YUM YUM. And OF COURSE fried pies and fritters and all kinds of baked goods.

A running joke/story this whole weekend was that Mamaw was nervous about bears. She’d look out the window at night and see a shadow and get a bit antsy. We didn’t see any bears the whole time well until we went to the apple orchard so I had to get a picture of Mamaw with her bear.


And while we were waiting for the rest to ring up their orders we got a shot of the 4 generations.


Oh and speaking of baked goods. OMG!!! The Apple Fritters WERE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! they were as big as a sheet of paper…and freakin awesome!!!  I tried the fried pies but those just aren’t my thing.  But my word those fritters MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.  My mouth is drooling right now!

They also have a cafe there at the orchard shop and turns out we could have eaten there. Personally I would have much rather spent more $$ eating at Mercier’s than the place we ate at for lunch (ICK!).

Oh and they had lots of great goodies to buy at Mercier’s one thing I really really really wanted to get but it was a bit too expensive for me was this game called Find It Game it was an ingenious design, the whole game is contained in one tube. It was like a Where’s Waldo, but ever changing.


Here is the description from their website:

A creative game that never needs to be put away. Find It is ideal to play anywhere: at home, in the office, in your car. People of all ages will enjoy the hunt for the hidden objects buried within the layer of recycled plastic pellets. Alone or with friends, everyone will enjoy spinning it, shaking it, and twisting it until all the objects are found. Can you find the hidden penny…?

It definitely looked like lots of fun!!!


This was our last stop out and about today, next up part 2 heading back to the cabin, family pictures, and dinner!

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