This year, we wanted to do a vacation that was different from the rest… you know, one of those vacations where upon return, it’s not like you slump down on the couch and say "Scccchhheeewwww… it feels good to be home!"
Well, don’t get me wrong… we have kids… and it feels good to be home. But this trip rocked. It was just what we set out for. Easy booking… no check-in… impressive accomodations! …at a great price too, nature so accessible, you jump off the porch into it.
I got to try out the new camera in many of the environments I have been wanted to try. I took the video camera… but it made it as far as a walk-through of the accomodations. I’ll probably put that up later for family.
My brother-in-law and I fished the lake just outside. We caught us 7-8 blue-gill and decide to eat them. Alas, I need to refer to my local country einstein for the refresher on cleaning blue-gill. While we managed to get a few slabs and some pop-corn sized bites, still delish, I thought there was a better way to go at it. Scott?
There’s something about nature that everyone can relate to… and you’ve maybe felt that feeling before when you’re leaving the forest without having found what you went for in the first place.
Well, that was not me this weekend. A strong chord was struck that the whole family danced… no, not danced… aggressivley "jigged" to.
My little girl was so receptive to the nature around her, it brought a tear to my eye. We did two nice hikes and saw two great water falls. We made it to the aquarium… another thing we meant to do. And despite the Gatlinburg traffic (that we expected 🙂 we still got to and fro.
For future trips to Gatlinburg… the "Gatlinburg By-pass" is a must to remember.
Last but not least… it was Susan’s 30th birthday. We had a little party out on the spacious deck with hammock and citronella candle.