Saturday, September 17, 2016

Labor Day Outing!

My kind brother in law and thoughtful sister, took several of our older children on a wonderful and memorable outing on Labor Day.

William, Carolyn and Zeke went to see Ruby Falls and Rock City.  They could not wait for Labor Day to arrive, so they could go.  William has always wanted to go to these two places.  These three young people, are our children, I can always count on to be well behaved.  They always work so hard around here on our farm.  They always are so helpful with all the other children.  I am so blessed to be able to call them our children and have them in our life.  It was a wonderful day away for them, to go and do something fun and be spoiled, for the hard work and effort they exhibit daily.

First, they went to Ruby Falls.  It is a water fall, in a cave, under Lookout Mountain.  There is a huge rock castle as the entrance to the tour.  This picture was taken from the top of the castle.

There is a room full of pictures and information about the explorer, who found Ruby Falls and all the history on it. 

There is a huge cave network under that mountain.

You have to take an elevator 260 feet down, to take the tour.  I guess the elevator screen was interesting to William, as he was the main photographer, for this trip and it was in the pictures I down loaded.

They saw all kinds of cave formations.   It was very fun and educational.

I guess there are no potty's down there.  (Another random photo that showed up when I down loaded them all)

The highlight of the tour is of course Ruby Falls.  It is stunning.  It is a beautiful water fall 145 feet high and 1120 feet under the earth surface.  No picture can actually do it justice.  It is really beautiful.
 The kids really enjoyed the whole experience.

They took a break for lunch and then headed to Rock City. 
Rock City is an amazing place where God carved out beautiful caverns, structures, formations and walkways.
  There is a lot of walking but the children really enjoyed it all.

I believe there is 4,100 feet of walking trails through these beautiful structures and gardens. 

If you have spent much time in the deep south, you have seen a barn or two with the famous "See Rock City" words painted on its side or roof.   Here is the neat history of this practice, that has gone on for many decades. There are even coffee table books made, that have collections of pictures of old barns, with the sayings painted on them.  There are also many people who have bird houses in their yards, with that saying painted on them, all over the south.

I love the above and below pictures of the kids.  These three are very close and always goofing around together.  

Taking a break to have their picture taken.

The view from the top of Lookout Mountain is spectacular.

You can see seven states from up there!

The children have talked a lot about their trip and what they did.  It really made a very happy memory for them to be able to go and see these two sights.  Thank you so much Uncle "B" and Aunt "S" ,for taking the time to plan such a wonderful outing and giving the kids such a special day away.

Psalm 95:2-3  Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.  For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.