CATALOOCHEE VALLEY, NC
Even though they live in Alabama, the Abernathys have a soft spot for the Carolinas. They make a sincere effort to visit one of their favorite states every couple of years. On a hot summer day, they set up camp in the Cataloochee Valley while their daughters balanced on rocks by the cool shade of the river. They looked for rocks in the fast rushing stream, went for a hike through layers of ferns, and even scouted some elk roaming in the fields nearby. As the sun sank over the valley, there was only one thing left to do: eat s’mores.