With the time change and our tiredness from travel, we got up too late for the hotel breakfast. So we had brunch at Cracker Barrel (which we all enjoyed very much!).
Then we went and bought a new camera. I didn't want to only have the iPhone pictures from this trip and the other camera didn't improve any. It kept telling me "lens error." So we let the new camera battery charge a little and went to some shops downtown.
We also shared these downtown at Cupcake Kitchen. I have always wanted to go to a cupcake shop. One time on our anniversary trip we looked one up to visit and then got there and it was no longer in business! We got cookies n cream and the other was plain chocolate. They were yummy.
Then we went back to the room to get the camera and went on the Tennessee Aquarium River Gorge Explorer. It was a nice ride and such pretty scenery. The boat itself was closed on the lower deck where we sat for part of the ride and watched from the windows. Then when it slowed down we got to go to the upper deck.
We ate supper and then drove around Racoon Mountain. It was pretty as the sun was setting We opened the windows and enjoyed the peaceful drive. We loved seeing the lightning bugs everywhere also!
Day 4 (Monday)
We visited Ruby Falls this morning. Once we went down into the cavern I had to not think about where I was at so I wouldn't get to feeling scared! In the beginning room we watched a short video clip about Ruby Falls. The guide had moved the children to the front so they could see. Then as we started on our tour, Caleb stayed at the front. I didn't think it mattered at first but most of the whole tour was single file through the cavern which you can see in this picture. It made me nervous to be separated from him. He was fine though and didn't think it was a big deal.
At the end we got to the falls, and it was just beautiful. I loved the sound of the falling water. It was hard to capture the falls with a camera.
At the end we went up to the lookout to see the city. They had a nice playground and a pretty little waterfall up there too.
Then I got to meet my longtime blogging friend Marsha! It was wonderful to be able to meet her in person. She has been such a blessing to my life through her writing and encouragement through Grace Café. I'm so glad we could visit for a little while.
We drove on to Townsend and found our cabin. We could not believe how remote it was. We were all just in awe of the beauty of the mountains. We went back into town to get supper and buy some groceries.
The cabin is so nice. We got settled and got in the hot tub before bed.
Have a day of blessings!