Arts and Crafts Trail and Ober Gatlinburg

24 05 2012

Day Eight:

Whoa, we slept in until 8am this morning!  Can you believe it?  We had some hot tub time and then Baby Brother made some delicious coffee to help wake us up.  When we were ready to head into town, we took a scenic ride in this time.  There was a nice, cool breeze and it was such a pretty day!

We went into Gatlinburg and drove the Arts and Crafts Trail.  It was a nice day for it and saw many different shops.  Lunch was good on a patio settled in the middle of a strip of shops.  The day was enjoyable, but I wouldn’t ask to go back to the Trail.  I’d go if someone else wanted to try it, but it wasn’t my favorite.

Scott had wanted to experience Ober Gatlinburg on previous trips and it never did quite work out for him, so we headed down the strip to take him.  You can take a road to it, but we decided to ride the scary death trap up the mountain.  It wasn’t so terrible until it came to where the poles are.  You do this weird feeling dip thing.

There’s not much that interests us once we’re up there.  The website is much more interesting looking than the real thing.  We take Baby Brother to see the bears they have.  As you can see, those bears are not as fun as the ones we visit in Pigeon Forge.

We fart around at Ober Gatlinburg long enough and head back down to the strip to start the “What do you want for dinner?” game.  I feel bad about it, but we go back to the Pottery House.  I don’t regret the decision for myself cause I could eat it almost every day, but I feel bad for not taking them somewhere new. 

After a delicious dinner, we stop for some ice cream before heading back to the cabin.  I bought some taffy to bring back home, Chris has the most awful milkshake and Scott bought an inappropriate sucker for Daddy to enjoy.

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Shopping, Soup and Spectacular Show

23 05 2012

Day Seven:

    Butthead woke me up before 6am this morning!  Before 6am during vacation?  What to do?  I know!  Let’s head out to the hot tub.  We hung out in the hot tub for a long while and then decided it was time to wake the brother up by persistent knocking on the window.  I’m pretty sure at some point he gave us the finger and then rolled over.  That sounds like Scott.

I cooked a lovely breakfast for us before we got ready to head into town.  In case you’re unaware, I’m a self-proclaimed excellent cook.

Scott drove us into town and we headed for the Outlet Mall for a nice shopping day.  I’d love to show you some pictures that I took of the drive in, but Scott drives like a bat out of hell and all the pictures I had were nothing but blurs.

After some shopping we decided Scott needed to see the bears. 

After hanging with the bears for a while, we were starved and headed to our favorite place to eat, The Pottery House.  Each table had a lovely vase with fresh flowers.

Their potato soup is my favorite!  I crave it when I’m home and cannot wait to get back for another bowl.

It was then FINALLY time for the show.  Cirque de Chine at the Smoky Mountain Palace.  The show was amazing, I mean amazing!  They did a crazy chair balancing tower, juggled all kinds of insane objects…including people with their feet!  They jump and climb and balance and amaze the entire show.  Their grande finale was motorcyclist in a sphere cage.  Four at once!  What a great way to end the night.   If you’re ever in Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg, find some time for this show.





Chicago

31 03 2011

Chris and I went to Chicago around this time last year.  We didn’t hit all the tourist attractions on my list, but we had a great trip.  Today, I’m going to share some of my favorite pictures.  We spent some time with my friends William and BJ that currently (but not for long) live in Chicago.

Navy Pier was cool.  Shops, food, boats. 

 

Lots of birds (rats with wings) were out and about.  This is a pretty cool picture, but while we were there, they pooped on me!

 We explored the city a bit and found some neat looking buildings.

And pretty flowers.

William and BJ took us on a tour of the city via train.  It was a neat way to get around.  I think I could enjoy it for a short period of time, but I’m not convinced I would like it as a way of life.

I love pictures of trees.  I took this one near the beach.

Check out these trees!  Pretty cool.

A picture from our hotel room on the day we arrived.

Same shot, the day we were supposed to fly home.  No wonder our flight was canceled and we had to rent a car to come home!  I kept taking pictures and then we’d check the camera from earlier in the week.  “Wasn’t there a building there yesterday?”





Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus Ohio

8 03 2011

Chris and I took a trip to Columbus Ohio a few years ago.  I wanted to revisit COSI, which turned out not to be as cool as it was 15 years ago.  Imagine that!  It would have been great if we had my nieces with us, but it just wasn’t as fun with two adults.

I researched the City before our trip and found the Franklin Park Conservatory.  I had never been to a Conservatory before, well, unless you count when I was there with the Candlestick.  We were both pleasantly surprised.  We spent hours there and had a wonderful time.

Not only was the place awesome with flowers and plants and a beautiful front entrance, they were hosting a Dale Chihuly glass artwork exhibit.  His pieces were on display in a small gallery and then well placed throughout the Conservatory with the plant life.  Here are some of my favorite pictures.

 





Chicken Alfredo

6 08 2010

I had an amazing dinner last night!  Enjoy!

First, I fixed a delicious Mojito.  They’re my new love.  I found this mix at Kroger for a few bucks.

 
I fixed it in one of my fun glasses…
 
Mmm…I chopped peppers and put them in the skillet with some Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper
 
Pasta Cooking…
 
While those are on the stove, I opened a can of chicken.  Now, I’m sure I could have cooked the chicken myself, but this canned chicken has a good taste.  I purchase the Kroger brand.
 
Checking in on the peppers…they smelled SO good.
 
I used this Alfredo sauce.  Mom recommended it and it was the best I’ve had out of a jar.
 
Once it was all put together…
 
What did I do with the extra Peppers?  I put them with some Hummus for lunch!