Full report tomorrow.
Monday Morning Coming Down Update:
Anonymous, in comments, pointed out something important:
"Mountain? There are no mountains in the midwest."This is true.
I'll write it all up later (we're still in Tennessee and a hot shower is calling me) but this weekend the boys have done everything from exploring caves with an expert on the paleoindians to finding clovis-pointed flint arrowheads in a field (we found two almost completely intact and one large fragment) to driving a 4x4 "mule" to firing every weapon from our old favorite .22 Ruger to a suppressed Walther P22 to a P90 submachine gun to a shoulder-stocked M203 grenade launcher (with orange marker grenades) to a black powder mortar (yes, Kane fired artillery.)
Amazing friends, amazing food, amazing places, great experiences. We're all completely weary, and I think Kane had mild heat exhaustion yesterday, but life is good.
My only regret is that it looks like Smoky Mountain Knife Works is too far away to hit on the way home today. It would double the trip home, and I'm just not up for it. Once again the SMKW showroom eludes me . . . but my day will come.