But, we pressed on ... and the sun finally came out. First stop: Looking Glass Falls in Pisgah National Forest.
Olivia wasn't interested in taking the steps to the bottom of the fall, so Will took our picture about half-way down.
On our way into Pisgah, we passed right by Dolly's Dairy Bar - the same Dolly's that Olivia went to at Rockbrook. This pretty much counted as breakfast for the children because they did not eat what Will managed to carry back from the conference breakfast.
After the ice cream stop, we made one more stop at Hooker Falls in Dupont State Forest. It was a short hike - maybe 10 minutes, only because McIver was distracted by all of the little side trails and skipping rocks. Olivia wanted to try to pose so it looks like she's holding up the falls.
Like I said, McIver loved all the side trails and just being able to wander at his own pace.
On the way back to the car.
This did my heart good. I so wanted to slow down to join their conversation and see what they were discussing. But, I'm smart enough to know that may have ruined the moment. So, I just stopped and took their picture, then waited for them to catch up to me.