Gatlinburg-A Trip to Remember?!

We got back yesterday from our weekend trip to Gatlinburg and, well, it was an interesting trip to say the least...we definitely won't forget it, that's for sure! It ended up not really being the most relaxing trip ever...not so much what I had envisioned for our weekend getaway in the mountains!

So it started out with us having car trouble with both of our vehicles. We had planned on taking my car on the trip, but it started having problems the day before we left and then the check engine light came on, so we ended up having to drive my husband's jeep.

Well, then the jeep started acting funny on the way there, and the check engine light came on about an hour into the drive! So we ended up sitting at an auto shop for a couple of hours on the trip down to Gatlinburg. Not really a good start to the trip!

But we finally made it to there, and our cabin was super cute and had a really great view. It was a little cold and rainy-so much for the sunshine I was hoping for. Anyway, we had a nice dinner Friday night at Alamo steakhouse(BUT they didn't have our reservations for private dining that we had made, just to add to the list of things that went wrong!), and then we came back to the cabin and thought we'd start a fire in the fireplace.

Well, us "city" people had the hardest time getting the dang fire started! After numerous attempts, I finally got one going. Good thing I grew up with a wood burning fireplace and remembered a little of how my dad used to get the fire going. only lasted about 15 minutes, and then I just gave up on trying to keep it going. So much for that!

Then we spent some time in the hot tub out on the deck, which was nice. The cold weather was perfect hot tub weather, and luckily the rain held off for a little while so we didn't get poured on.

So THEN... the main catastrophe of the whole trip(without going into details), we stayed one night in the cabin and then ended up having to pack everything up and find a hotel to stay at for our second night. A hotel room was not exactly what I had envisioned for our "mountain getaway", but oh well...I was determined to make the best of it anyway.

It was cold and cloudy again Saturday, but at least the rain held off until later in the day. We spent the day walking around downtown Gatlinburg, then rode the sky lift up to Ober, which had some amazing views, and then last we went to Ripley's aquarium.

Sunday was another cold and rainy day. We had planned on taking a hike, but because it was drizzling and so cold, we just decided to take a drive though the Smokies instead, on the Roaring Fork Motor Trail.

Because of the rain it was super foggy, so we couldn't really see any good views, but it was still a nice drive. But of course, we somehow ended up missing the cascade at the end of the drive that I was really wanting to see! But at least we stopped off and got some pics at a pretty stream. :)

The trip wasn't completely horrible; we did do some fun things, but it was more stressful than it was relaxing. Mostly, I was just disappointed that we didn't get to stay in our cabin-that was what I was most looking forward to!

I've decided that from here on out, our vacations will only be to the beach. You just can't go wrong with a beach vacation. There's nothing more relaxing than laying on the sand and soaking up the sun, with the sound of the waves crashing in the background....oh well, maybe next year!

So anyway, I'm still recovering from all the bad food I ate over the weekend. I mean, I really ate like crap, and I feel like crap today. And I haven't worked out in 3 days, which is the longest I've went without working out in a LONG time! I can't wait to get back on track with my workouts and clean eating!


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