Spring Break #1 aka tenessee!

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:

 

acting like a gnome in gnome village (Rock City)

acting like a gnome in gnome village (Rock City)

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the semi-famous view of the See Rock City Barn that’s around these parts

she loved the suspension bridge

she loved the suspension bridge

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waiting to drive up (backwards) on the Incline RR

waiting to drive up (backwards) on the Incline RR

pretty neat to see the city through the ceiling!

pretty neat to see the city through the ceiling!

we all needed some down time

we all needed some down time

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.

a really cool bubble-maker!

a really cool bubble-maker!

even cool for The Mr.

even cool for The Mr.

oh the joys of getting squirted in your face by a stranger!

oh the joys of getting squirted in your face by a stranger!

she was drawn to this felt-board.

she was drawn to this felt-board.

a very poor picture of her rhinoceros.

a very poor picture of her rhinoceros.

because of course.

because of course.

after dinner, a walk to the river.

026and, here is where i am going to gush a bit over my responsible 5 year old.  because- who says this??

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:

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what an amazing place!  this WAS a waterfall that made formations

what an amazing place! this was a waterfall that made formations

all i kept thinking in my head was "Where the Red Fern Grows"

all i kept thinking in my head was                                             “Where the Red Fern Grows”

Stalgmites/tites

stalagmites/tites…

that are WAY larger than they appear.  Can you see our guide, Lauren?

…that are WAY larger than they appear. Can you see our guide, Lauren?

in front of the underground waterfall

in front of the underground waterfall

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”

I, on the other hand, was excited by my balcony.  & yes, that is snow on the tops.

I, on the other hand, was excited by my balcony. & yes, that is snow on the tops.

it was chilly enough for one of these.  (& doesn't he do the Meemaw pose quite well?)

it was chilly enough for one of these. (& doesn’t he do the Meemaw pose quite well?)

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Day 4: Smoky Mountain National Park:

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Cataract Falls

we had a picnic & hike to an 1800's schoolhouse at Metcalf Bottoms

we had a picnic & hike to an 1800’s schoolhouse at Metcalf Bottoms

We drove most of the loop at Cade's Cove

We drove most of the loop at Cade’s Cove

*finally* a trip to Ben & Jerry's

*finally* a trip to Ben & Jerry’s

Day 5: Ripley’s Aquarium Gatlinburg:

0078Okay.  so the heading for this was “school of fish”.  We watched for a sec, and this guy plus another large one swam by.  jovie said “those are the principal & the teacher”.

this time Daddy touched the horsheshoe crab!

this time it was only Daddy who touched the horseshoe crab!

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that night there was popcorn and a video in jovie's own king-sized bed!

that night there was popcorn and a video in jovie’s own king-sized bed!

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:

0103we basically opened & closed the place- give or take a half hour here or there.

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The Mr. seems to have ridden a lot of rides by himself.  She's there, I promise.

The Mr. seems to have ridden a lot of rides by himself. She’s there, I promise.

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oh i'm SO not ready for this to be real.

oh i’m SO not ready for this to be real.

she rode quite a few other rides, too.  her all-time favorite were the water rides; particularly this one:

Smoky Mtn Rampage

Smoky Mtn Rampage

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:

the snow melted the 2nd day we were there

the snow melted the 2nd day we were there

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!!)

 

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8 Responses to Spring Break #1 aka tenessee!

  1. Anonymous says:

    looks like an awesome trip. glad you had a great time. tell Jovie I miss her.
    LY
    Bobby

  2. Gramma & Grampa says:

    Looks like you had a great time.

  3. merediths says:

    Great pics! We liked the Chattanooga museum, too! And we used to live near that area a long time ago. It’s beautiful.

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