After trying to do separate trips the past couple years and having lots of drive time we decided we would double up a little. So, we met Dad and "Mom" in Laughlin and spent a couple extra days in Las Vegas for our "self time" (saw Terry Fator) and I already blogged about that trip. Then we planned a special trip for the kids time.
We stopped at Clingman's Dome (highest spot driving through the Smoky Mountains. We had a funny story there and I'm so glad they used their little noggins. One set of our grandkids are very very tall, (so is their Daddy) but the other set is equally tiny (so is their Mama). When we got to Clingman's Dome the 2 little girls E and L had to go potty. So did Papa, so he took them to the potties and sent them into the girls while he went next door to the boys. These are cinder block house style potties and I don't know why it never dawned on any of us that they wouldn't be regular potties. But the girls came back out immediately and stood there patiently waiting for Papa (they were within all of our sight at all times, they weren't waiting there alone). So I went to see why they were done so quickly. I got there and their eyes were as big as saucers and they said, "Nana, we can't go in there." I asked, "Why not?" They replied, "We were scared, it's too far down." Puzzled, I took them back into the restroom and immediately realized, these were huge latrines on the top of a mountain, they really truly were too far down (the images that conjures just horrify me, try to imagine a rescue attempt, if you will!!!). The seats weren't horribly big, just regular size, but that's pretty big when you have a tiny little behind, and unfortunately, girls HAVE to sit, LOL. So I helped them and we took care of business, but it was so cute.
Just to let you know, the tallest male is M, our son-in-law, married to B, our daughter in the hat (due to her epilepsy she has to wear hats and dark glasses as Sun and flashing lights are triggers for her). My Mom is in the center with N, our son, between Me and Mom (Mr. C and I are on the left) and my Sister is in blue on the right. The kids are A and K (tallest boy--9 and girl--7). The little guy in the orange shirt is J, he's just 4.