For our days here I didn't really plan activities. We knew of a few places we wanted to visit so we just went exploring. My husband fixed us breakfast burritos to have before we headed out.
Tuesday morning we went to Cade's Cove. We spent several hours driving and looking around. On one stop it started sprinkling. We walked under the trees out to a cabin. We got a little bit wet but not soaked.
The drive was beautiful, and we enjoyed driving with the windows down. We saw several deer as we drove. Also a turkey crossed the road right in front of us. We heard some other people who were stopped say they saw a bear but by the time we got there we could only see it moving around in the distance.
Here are some other pictures we took there.
When we left we got some pizza. Then we drove over to Gatlinburg. We could not believe how busy it was as we passed through Pigeon Forge. We were not expecting it to be like it was! Then when we got to Gatlinburg we were surprised there too at the people and how busy it was. We found Cooter's which is a Dukes of Hazzard museum. They also had go karts and putt putt so we did that.
We headed back to the cabin and were disappointed the ice cream shop did not have ice cream as they were defrosting their freezers. So we fixed our hot dogs and had that for supper. We felt like we are still on Texas time.
Day 6 (Wednesday)
Today we went to Seiverville. We went to a ham radio store for the boys (they are both licensed ham radio operators). We also stopped at The Apple Barn. It was nice to walk through here. We enjoyed some delicious ice cream...wow was it yummy! We got turtle caramel fudge, almond joy, and chocolate. We picked up fried apple pie to go too.
As we drove back we stopped at various souvenir shops and The Christmas Place. You can't believe all the Christmas decorations here! I did have a moment where I almost cried too. The door we entered was the room where you could get your ornament personalized. On the walls it had big words above each section to describe that set of ornaments, like sports, careers, wedding, etc. Well one wall said "Family of...." and then each number was a section of ornaments. It made me feel teary when I saw "Family of 4," thinking of the baby that we lost last year.
We also went to the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum. I'd looked for a set of S&P shakers for my Mom that said Tennessee or Smoky Mountains on them and couldn't find any. We went to this museum. I thought my mom had a lot of shakers! This display had 20,000. Here is a picture of one of the cases.
We ate supper at this delicious BBQ place called Bennett's BBQ. I had a BBQ sandwich, and the boys both got the all you can eat salad bar. The service was great and fast, and the food was wonderful. This is a place we would like to eat at again.
When we got back to Townsend we stopped at this little bridge we had seen. It was a swinging bridge and we all walked across it.
Then we headed back to the cabin. It started raining. We packed up some stuff and spent more time in the hot tub.
to be continued.....
Have a day of blessings!