Wordless Wednesday–summer time reading

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Fourth of July Fun

I hope everyone had an excellent 4th of July weekend. On Friday, my husband, kids, and I went to my inlaws. They wanted me to take some family photos, so I did. I am not entirely happy with my work though. I could have done better but I learned it’s difficult to fend off mosquitos and try to take photos at the same time. My mother in law loved the photos though so that’s all that matters. Will says I’m overly critical of my work. I guess I am.

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More photos from the Smoky Mountains

I have uploaded more photos from my vacation. I don’t want to slow the main page down so click

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My Mountain Adventure

Taken in Cades Cove

I know I haven’t had an actual post on here in awhile.  I’ve been a little busy since the kids got out of school for the summer.  We traveled to Pigeon Forge, TN on vacation for a few days.  I really didn’t want to leave the mountains. It was nice to just get away from the small county I live in for awhile.  I have tons of pictures but have only uploaded them to facebook. I am going to try to get a few from our trip posted here.  The 2nd day we were there, we drove to Cades Cove and took the 5 mile round trip hike to Abrams Falls. Half of the trail was uphill on the side of a mountain so it was challenging.  However, it was worth it to see that beautiful waterfall.  I found a spot to sit that was about 30 feet away. The breeze from the waterfall felt like an air conditioner.  I could have sat there all day. But I knew we had a 2.5 mile hike back to our car.  So we only stayed around 20 minutes or so.  My legs were so sore the next day.

The cabin we rented for the  4 days we were there was nestled on a mountain which proved a little difficult for my sisters SUV (which has a V6 engine by the way) to climb. It had 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room and a kitchen.  The porch wrapped around from one end to the other. One side was where the hot tub was located.  Of course, that’ s all Trey wanted to do the entire time we were there, sit in the hot tub 😀 . We decided to buy a few groceries so we could save money. We bought food for breakfast and supper but ate at restaurants for lunch.  There are so many awesome places to eat around Pigeon Forge so it was difficult to decide.  We ate at The Old Mill Restaurant (a must try if you are in the area), Mel’s Diner (because I love classic diners),and a New York style pizza place.  The only  night we didn’t eat supper at the cabin was when we went to see The Dixie Stampede. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it because it’s really not my kind of thing.  Since I had never been to a dinner show, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  First, they take you to the preshow area. They have a live band who plays country/bluegrass music. They really get into the music so it’s a lot of fun.  Then about an hour later, they take you to the main arena where the show is.  The food is amazing. They bring out this delicious creamy vegetable soup and home made biscuit.  Then at different intervals they bring you a whole rotisserie chicken, slice of smoked pork, corn on the cob, herb baked potato, and an apple fritter for dessert.  I don’t think I was able to even eat half of the food they brought to me. The show was very entertaining and not boring at all.  We also went to Wonderworks. It’s kind of like a science amusement park. They have all sorts of cool things including a few rides.  Then, on the last full day we were there, we went to Gatlinburg so we could visit the Ripley’s Aquarium. I have never been to an actual aquarium before.  Think; a zoo with sharks, jellyfish, and just about any kind of water life you can think of.  And they had penguins. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen penguins aside from TV before.  They were so adorable! We stayed in Gatlinburg for most of the day.

Since we split most of the expenses with my younger sister (who went with us) it wasn’t too expensive. I want to go to the beach next.  I guess that’s one really cool thing about residing where I do in MS.  I am about 6 hours away from the mountains and about 4 hours away from the beach.  Ok, well I don’t want to bore any one who is reading this with any more with the details about my vacation. However, I will try to have some more pictures up soon 🙂 .

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