Big Cedar Vacation: Day 3

Big Cedar Vacation: Day 3

On our next day, we decided to venture about 30 minutes away to another Big Cedar property: Dogwood Canyon. We really didn’t know what to expect because their website doesn’t give a great idea….but I’m SO GLAD we went. It was gorgeous!

There’s a big building with a gift shop/museum and restaurant…but the treasure is in the trails behind.

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We decided to tackle the land via a tram ride. You can rent bikes, walk, do a segway or take a tram. And the tram is the only way to see the animals in the back- and we thought Remi would like that.

We had to wait a bit. We arrived at like 10:30 and we had to wait for a 1 pm tram. Totally worth it!

Beautiful waterfalls everywhere! Amazing streams. Beautiful tree covered canyon. Seriously serene and awesome.

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We took some photos in front of the big waterfall behind the restaurant and started exploring.

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There’s a huge treehouse (from the TV show Treehouse Masters) that we had fun playing in and around.

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And then Tyler and Nancy paid to try fly fishing for about an hour or so. They enjoyed it.

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And Remi enjoyed playing around the stream.

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I cringed a bit when she sat in the mud, but ya gotta let her explore, right? She played with sticks, rocks and watched the water for a while.

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On the tram, we got to get out at a few stops, but we mostly just enjoyed the amazing views (including watching TONS of trout swimming around) from the comfort and shade of our tram.

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This was behind the beautiful chapel. You can’t see it, but there’s another waterfall behind us.

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Trout right next to our tram. SO MANY TROUT.

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It was just lovely back there to see the formations, caves, streams and more.

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At one spot we got to walk up higher to take a look at the natural pool down below. Remi loves to walk up stairs.

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At the back of the trip, there were herds of bison, elk, deer and some longhorns.

I liked the bison. There were even young babies!

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The female elks were having a “spa day” in the mud.

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When we got back, we played in the tree house for a long time until we were all tired of climbing the stairs.

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After a little nap (which to be honest was a STRUGGLE but she took one) and then a dinner, we went to the nearest pool to our condo (which is up pretty high) for a sunset swim. It was lovely out!

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I’m so thankful for this beautiful day!


Big Cedar Vacation: Day 2

Big Cedar Vacation: Day 2

After our fun day on the property, we decided to spend the next day at Silver Dollar City.  I LOVE this place, and I’m pretty sure everyone else does too.

I asked if we could get there before it opened, since I love the opening ceremony. And they all agreed. It was the perfect day. Weather wasn’t humid- was still semi-cool and since we beat the crowd, it was wonderful.

Our first stop was a cinnamon roll to share (a MUST!). (We also opted to rent a stroller there since with theirs, she could easily climb in and out when she wanted instead of ours where she needed to be placed in the seat)

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After the opening ceremony, we headed down to the kid’s area….and passed the face painting with NO LINE. So guess who got her face painted?  She was pretty excited!

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She’s still really timid with the rides, and I’ll admit, we may have pushed her a little too much.  But she says she likes these dogs, but she only wanted to ride it once. ha!

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We played around the Fireman’s Landing area until Lucky the Rescue Dog came out to greet friends…and we convinced her it was Marshall from Paw Patrol. ha!

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We went to the saloon show (another favorite) and Remi was LOVING it.  Clapping and enthralled with the dancers- and then daddy got called into the show! It was so fun!

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He was made into the judge, and it was HILARIOUS. They were feeding him lines in his ear and he was perfect.

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On the way out, we had to take a picture with the saloon girls.  She loved them, and they enjoyed watching her enjoy the show.

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We hit another ride area and then, of course, got BLUE ice cream (all things blue!)

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We hit up the petting zoo area (which to be honest, was a bit of a bummer with few animals….) but she liked meeting the goats.

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We did some other fun- playing in the schoolhouse, playing some games on the square, eating DELISH food….and then she PASSED out on the ride home (around 4 pm).  It’s WONDERFUL that she can hang now without a nap…but then she crashes.

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We made dinner in the condo and then we played some board games. This was the start of a tournament for us- we played a team game each night…and ultimately mom and Tyler won 2/3.

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Getting Caught Up

Getting Caught Up

Let’s play catch up of life from the last post to right before our vacation.

We had Father’s Day dinner at my dad’s nursing home. He was pretty interactive, and Remi LOVED seeing Grandpa. She wanted to bring her doctor’s kit to work on him. It was precious.

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They had spirit week at school and this was our crazy hair- cupcake hair!

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We met daddy at the park while he worked one afternoon. We LOVE getting to see him!

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And we celebrated my friend Rebecca’s birthday at a winery here. It was a GREAT night with my friends with wine, yummy food and LOTS of laughs.  LOVE these girls!

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More Memories

More Memories

Some fun memories to document…

I did TWO rounds of birthday burpees. First, I did 32 burpees on my birthday, and then two days later I did 30 with my coworker/friend Stephanie for HER birthday. Woo.  I definitely earned my birthday treats!

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My mom bought this GIANT slide thing for her pool for Remi and she’s LOVING it. She’s asking to go swim and slide a lot.

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Just minutes after the above photo, it got dark and POURED. It’s been raining SO MUCH.  But once we knew it wasn’t going to be severe, we got in and swam in the rain. Remi thought that was so fun.

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She also just decided to swim “by myself”. She’s wearing a life jacket, and we are always within arms reach, but it’s nice to see her have some confidence in the water. Hopefully we can work to lose the life jacket (at least sometimes) this summer.

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