I cannot believe we are finished with our first *official* Spring Break. wasn’t i just walking her in for the first time like 2 weeks ago??
I couldn’t wait to go on our trip & explore TN. I had a lot of fun stuff planned, and a couple of things popped up right before we left, too that added a lot to our fun.
We spent the first few days in Chattanooga. Then we went on to Gatlinburg. Along with exploring & relaxing, we did the touristy things (and even saved one thing for late May!) Since it was the better part of a week with lots (and lots) of pictures, and because I have been SO slack in posting…. I’ll just post a buncha pix, and talk when necessary. You’re welcome.
Chattanooga- Day 1: Rock City & Incline Railroad:
Day 2: Chattanooga Children’s Museum
if you’ve been reading this blog, you know that we have been to several “museums” (The Mr. calls them play-places). This one was one of my absolute favorites! Rivaling Greenville’s. I recommend it to everyone. We spent the whole day there- from 10-4 (w/ a quick stop for lunch nearby). jovie probably could’ve stayed longer, but her parents were tired.
after dinner, a walk to the river.
we were going to walk to the river and then walk to ben and jerry’s. she did stop eating dinner, and said she was full. at home, she’s careful not to use that word just in case there’s dessert involved. i wasn’t hungry just yet and wanted more time. on the way to walk to the river, i said daddy was taking us somewhere. she said “i hope we aren’t going for a treat or anything because i’m too full to participate!”
Day 3: on the way to Gatlinburg:
walking for about a mile [just a small part!] 500 ft below a mountain that was etched solely by a river/stream was pretty amazing. knowing it was discovered (and explored) by 2 boys about jovie’s age long long ago is also pretty amazing. (and frightening!)
then we landed in our condo in Gatlinburg. before we left, i wanted to know some things jovie wanted to do/get excited about. one of which was “playing in my room”
Day 4: Smoky Mountain National Park:
Day 5: Ripley’s Aquarium Gatlinburg:
Day 6: Dollywood:
we didn’t tell jovie (in fact, we didn’t really even decide til’ the night before) that we were going to Dollywood. —-Remember: she LOVES rides!— we drive around, pay & pull into a large desolate parking lot. then Daddy told her we were at an amusement park:
she rode quite a few other rides, too. her all-time favorite were the water rides; particularly this one:
she rode that thing 4 times (3x in a row at the end of the day). We capped off our day having a family ride on the carousel. [to my knowledge, that's the first time The Mr. rode one of those with her]
It was a great great vacation, and hard to say goodbye to this:
we cannot wait for the next vacation/state excursion. in fact, we didn’t get a chance to go to Ruby Falls afterall. so we are saving that for a camping trip when school’s out.
(way sooner than i think!!)