Time to go Home

25 05 2012

Day Nine:

It’s always my least favorite day of our trip and Chris’s most excited…The day we go home.  I’m usually dragging and sad.  He’s ready to get a move on!  He’s been away from his own TV and bed and basement for too long and he must scoot me out the door so we can get on the road as fast as possible.

So long my Home Away From Home!  Until next time!


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.

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.

Beauty and the Feces

12 06 2011

Day Five:

Day five was a relaxing day spent at the cabin.  Hot tub time, naps, tv, more hot tub time, dinner cooked at the cabin and American Idol (against the wishes of Chris).

Day Six:

     Part One 

After our morning ritual – you know, get up early, get in the hot tub and get ready for town – we felt a little adventurous and took a road we’d never been down before and still ended up getting to the main strip in Pigeon Forge.  We then drove through part of the way between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg just to soak up the surroundings.  We pulled into one of the stops created on the road to get out of your car.  It was really beautiful that day.  Pretty trees, rushing water, blue skies and then…I saw the sign.  Let me just say Ewwww.

Chris thought I was crazy but I called this a Pixie Pond.


I took a picture of this tree because it looks like someone’s butt and legs!

Okay, here’s where it gets hilarious!  Yeah, you know all that pretty water that you stop to listen to?  The wonderful pictures you take?  The oohs and aahs while you drive?!?  It’s poop water! 

Up, Up and Away

10 06 2011

Day Four:

     Part One

This morning did not start out as we had planned.  You know, it’s not like we actually set an alarm, but we certainly didn’t expect to sleep in until 9am!  So we had to start with a quick dip in the hot tub before getting cleaned up and heading into town. 

It seemed like a nice day for a helicopter ride.  We had talked about taking one on prior trips but Chris was never really that interested.  Daddy and I took a helicopter ride the first time I was with my family in Gatlinburg so I never pushed Chris to do it.  I knew how expensive they were and you never really know how Chris will react to sticker shock!  haha 

For some reason, Chris was ready to take a ride so we went to check it out.  We settled on Scenic Helicopter Tours and took the Mountain Valley Tour.  Everyone at this company was terrific.  They were professional and quick and engaging. 

I tried to snap a picture of one of our pilots, but couldn’t do it without catching the attention of Chris.  He found me out though, while watching the video back he said “you were really trying to get a picture of that pilot, weren’t you?”  Whoops!  Caught red-handed.  Guess I should have asked the hunk-a-hunk-a-tanned pilot for a picture to put on my wall.  haha

It’s so neat to be up in that little vehicle in the sky!  It’s really something.  But I must say that a 15 minute ride at $80 a person goes by really fast.  Like, super fast.  We almost thought they took us on the wrong route when they told us we were heading back in for the landing.  That’s a lot of money for 15 minutes.  Do escorts even get paid that much? 

Favorite Vacation Dining

9 06 2011

Day Three:

     Part Three

If you ever go to the Smokey Mountains, I must recommend our favorite restaurant.  The Old Mill Pottery House Cafe & Grille.  We stumbled upon it during one of our first trips when The Old Mill Restaurant had a 2 hour wait.  It’s in the same Square as The Old Mill Restaurant, but it’s a smaller place with a great atmosphere.  There’s an outside dining area with a small babbling brook, a pretty main dining area and the coolest dishware.  They make all the plates, bowls, table vases and even the bathroom sinks!  The pottery is a nice touch and gives you the inspiration for your own dining room table. 

We (I should say I) have tried a little bit of everything.  The homemade breads and desserts are delicious.  I crave their strawberry salad and potato soup combo every once in a while.  Chris has had terrific sirloin there and even likes their homemade cheese potato chips.  I’ve also had their Rainbow Trout and at least one sandwich that I remember.  I cannot think of one bad experience we’ve had at The Old Mill Pottery House.

Most times that we’ve been, we’ve been seated immediately.  There was one Saturday night that we went during prime time dinner time and had to wait for a while.  They seated us at a table for six.  There was just the two of us!  We felt so bad with other parties waiting, but we were next in line.  We had been waiting with a woman waiting for a table for one so we offered to share our table with her.  She agreed and we had a nice dinner together, separately at the same table with some sporadic conversation.  It was nice.

Before and after we visit The Old Mill Pottery House, we’ll walk around the The Old Mill Square.  I take pictures each time; I love to watch as the seasons change and the place we love stay the same.

Great shot of The Old Mill Restaurant.

Pictures from around The Old Mill Pottery House.

Surprise! There’s a Waterfall!

9 06 2011

Day Three:

     Part Two

We had probably passed this place about a dozen times until I finally saw what the sign said.  There’s a small shack of a thing and a long hitching post, then “WATERFALL” spray painted on a small sign.  So we stopped.  And boy, oh boy, were we surprised!  Since we found it, it’s a must stop during our visit and I take a few pictures.  The shack now has a small store inside and on the landing there’s a sweet little garden area with a picnic table.