We had spotted a tram car the day before, that takes you to the top of the mountain, and wanted to give it a go. It was the perfect day for it. We bought our tickets, and were able to get in the car just about to leave. It was packed. Seb freaked. He pretty much cried all the way to the top of the mountain. Nothing either of us could do would calm him down. I really felt for the other 70+ people in the car with a screaming child....
|Skiing at Ober Gaitlinburg|
|View from the tram car|
|Otters being fed|
We reached the bottom, the boys were wilting, so we decided to drive back to Pigeon Forge to grab some lunch. The boys had seen so many attractions they wanted to do. Seb fell asleep on the way, so we decided that I would try a few shops at the outlet mall while the boys occupied themselves with iPods, and Seb slept. The boys woke Seb up just as we were parking, but I went ahead and shopped any way. Thanks mum for my birthday money, think I spent exactly what you sent me, and got tones of stuff! The queues in all the shops were huge. I did one, where I bought all that I wanted, then had a quick look in the Disney store. Saw some things for the boys, then looked at the queue. It was nearly out the door!!!! So they got nothing (mean mummy). We decided a fast food lunch was in order, so we headed to Burger King.
I have not done a restaurant blog on this, but they provided great service. The guys behind the counter were awesome, Paul requested an angry whopper, and although it is not on their menu at the moment, because they had all the stuff, they made it for him anyway...
The boys decided they wanted to play mini golf, and had spotted an Old McDonalds Farm course near the mall, so off we headed. They loved it. We let just Oliver and Isaac play, and although they did not play by any rules, or hold the clubs at all properly, they really enjoyed it, and wanted to keep playing. Seb enjoyed just the freedom to run (with mummy following close behind...). By now we were all very tired (again!!!) and it was nearly the end of the day, so we headed back to the cabin, to enjoy a leisurely dinner of jam sandwiches (for the boys) and crisps for us, so healthy..... After dinner, the boys all headed to the hot tub again. I sat this one out. Nothing at all relaxing or enjoyable about being in a confined space with 3 wriggly, wriggly boys, especially a small one who just wants to swim, even though he can't.... The boys went to bed with no qualms again, and we had a quick dunk in the hot tub, before settling down to watch some films....
|Three bears cabin|
We had already decide on the way up to stop in Hendersonville for some lunch. Paul had been here before on one of his drives with work. It looks like a lovely little city, not a high rise building in site. The restaurant he took us to Mezzaluna, was lovely, somewhere we will definatly be back to.
From Hendersonville, it was only an hours drive home, through some more beautiful mountains, much nearer to home. I look forward to exploring these in a few weeks time hopefully.
Our little get away was awesome. That part of Tennessee and the Smokey mountains is amazing. We want to go back before we leave this beautiful country, hopefully sooner rather than later