Weekend In the Mountains & Kaden's First Clemson Game

This past weekend, we spent some time in the mountains and took the boys to the Clemson game - Kaden's first! It was also the boys first trip to the mountains.

We rented an awesome cabin up near Table Rock, SC, with my parents, but they were unable to go as my granddad is still in the hospital. Kevin and I left work early Thursday and headed to the Upstate. The boys were so excited! We stopped in Columbia at Fudruckers to grab an early bite to eat and then headed towards the mountains. We made it to the Greenville area right after dark and stopped to pick up breakfast foods and some things to use at our tailgate. We wove around a few mountains and made it to the cabin around 8.

The cabin was gorgeous! The boys loved exploring the house while we unpacked our car and quickly discovered the pool and bumper pool tables upstairs.

After breakfast Friday morning, we went outside and fished in the little stream behind the house and explored some.

Later Friday morning, we went to Table Rock State Park. The weather felt good, but it was really foggy. We hiked up a trail and spent a few hours at Table Rock. The boys loved it! K.C. really wanted to hike all the way up the mountain!

Saturday was game day. We got up early and were off to Clemson by 8 AM. The boys were both so excited! It was the first Clemson game Kevin and I have been to together, Kaden's first game and Stephanie's boyfriend and his brother's (they were with us) first Clemson game.

It was Military Appreciation Day, so there were military vehicles the kids got to check out and even some old military badges they got to get. We also walked around downtown Clemson before the game and picked up a few things.

We had great seats. Kevin's aunt and uncle have season tickets and weren't using them for this game, so we got to use them. They are a great location, especially with kids. K.C. and Kaden (and Kevin, too!) were so excited when the players were ready to run down the Hill. K.C. soaked everything in and Kaden had a good time, too - that is, until the cannons after each touchdown started going off. He ended up sleeping with his head in my lap from the end of the first quarter until almost the end of the third quarter including through the 21-gun salute at halftime!

After the game, we walked out on the field. Kevin and K.C. almost got close enough to Tajh Boyd to get his autograph which was exciting. We ended up with Shaq's autograph. We all touched Howard's Rock and the boys practiced their future run down the Hill!

We drove into Greenville after the game and had dinner at Smoke on the River. If you're ever in Greenville, SC, you need to go there. It was delicious! I wish we had made it into town before it was dark because I know the boys would've loved walking around downtown. The downtown area has really been revitalized.

When we got back to the cabin, we all decided to get in the hot tub, which I then dubbed the cold tub. It was frigid! I don't know if it wasn't shut all the way or if when my sister turned it down the night before, it got too low or what, but it was cold! This girl was not about to get in and it didn't take too much to convince our little ones that a hot shower and getting cozy in front of the fire inside was a good idea!

Yesterday, we drove up to Caesar's Head State Park. We loved this place, too. It was in the high 20's-low 30's, so we didn't stay outside too much, but we did go down a short trail and stopped at the lookout.

All in all, we had a really fun time in the mountains. Kevin grew up mainly in Spartanburg and had been around that area, but it's been years since I've been in our Upstate for the mountains as my family typically went more towards the Asheville/Maggie Valley area and into Virginia. I hate that my parents weren't able to go, but we're going to do a redo next year. I'm already looking forward to it!

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