The challenge at I ♥ Faces this week is to post a photo that would bring a nostalgic feeling back to us (and it had to have a face in it of course!)
nostalgia: noun. A longing for things, persons, or situations of the past.
Without a doubt, my fondest childhood memories took place on this mountain. From ages 8-13, I spent one week every summer with new friends at the best summer camp ever. We laughed, we played, we sang songs, we visited with nature... there's even a picture of me "eating" a live crayfish somewhere...
The moment that Em was old enough to go to this camp, we packed up our bags and took the 9-hour trip to Grandfather Mountain. I was a counselor and she was a camper. I had hoped and hoped and hoped that she would love camp as much as I did. She did love camp and the next year we went back and took a friend with us.
Here is a view from the mountain. Keep in mind, when I took this picture it had been 20 YEARS since I had been to this very location. For me, this picture, and all of the pictures from this trip are just breathtaking.
Today, one of the other best things about camp is that Grand Matriarch is a counselor at camp with us. It is really, really, really super cool to spend a week... at my favorite place in the whole world... with my little Lulu and my cherished Grand Matriarch. (Which, is why I threw SUCH A HISSY FIT when the timing did not work out for me to go this year. I'm def gonna be there next year. Apologies to all who witnessed my tantrum.)