Thursday, February 24, 2011

Valentines Mt. Trip!

Its been a while since I have blogged, I've been a slacker!

This past weekend Nathan and I took a little getaway to a cabin near Pigeon Forge, TN.  We had a wonderful time, the cabin was so quaint and cozy.  We went up on Saturday and made excellent time driving up until.... we got into Pigeon Forge!  I couldn't believe the traffic.  It took us an hour to drive maybe 3 miles!  I was completely surprised by this because when we normally take a mountain trip we go to Bryson City, NC and it is basically a ghost town this time of year.  Not so in Pigeon Forge! I always remember going here for a youth retreat our youth group always took every year and as a kid I remember it being a pretty cool place with lots of outlet malls, go-kart tracks, and souvineer shops.  Pretty cool to a kid right?!  Sure!  But me now?  NO!!!  I dont want to offend anyone who LOVES Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, but in my own opinion it was as if Myrtle Beach threw up and it landed in Pigeon Forge, TN....

So needless to say, we did not spend much time near the "attractions".  Instead we hung out at our cabin most of the time.  The cabin was three floors, and from the outside you would never guess it.  On the main floor was the kitchen, half bath, a living area with a fireplace a deck with a beautiful view across the mountain and two staircases.  The first staircase led up to the loft with the master bed.  At the top of the stairs was a master bath with a shower and to the left was the bed with a beautiful homemade quilt as the comforter.  The ceiling was low in some places because you were at the top of the cabin!  there was railing next to the bed where you could look out over the main floor of the cabin if you looked down and if you looked straight ahead there was a breathtaking picture window looking out over the mountains.  I got to wake up to the sunrise every morning looking out this window! Back to the main floor and the other staircase.  This one went down to the "basement" level.  It was set up to be a game/entertainment room.  There were bunk beds and a futon couch, a Foosball table and out on the deck was the hot tub.  There was also a 47 inch TV and we took our PS3 to watch movies and also play our MOVE games!  We usually would read by the fireplace during the day, Nathan would grill our supper and then we would go down and watch a movie or play games at night. 

On Monday we drove out to Cades Cove.  It was full of beautiful views and wildlife.  We saw 21 Deer, 2 horses, and 3 wild turkeys! 

On our way home we made a detour to Dillsboro, NC to eat ribs at Dillsboro Smokehouse.  We had went on a day off a month or so ago on a Monday.  We drove ALL THE WAY THERE just to eat their ribs and when we got there they were closed!  Even though their website said they were open!  I called the manager the next day just to let them know they probably needed to update their website and she was very sorry because it was supposed to have been changed already so they gave us a gift certificate to make up for it!  That was very nice of them and we enjoyed the ribs immensely!  They were so juicy and tender they just fell right off the bone. 

We got home and I've still not unpacked!  That is my least favorite part about a trip.  We will probably go to the beach for Memorial day for the weekend and for our anniversary we are going to The Homestead to sing a few songs for the NC Bankers Association.  Then in September we are going on another CRUISE!!!! 

More to come soon! 

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