Snapshots · Travel/Places

Fall Break — Part 1

We’ve been planning a Fall Break trip for several weeks now.  It seemed to take forever for the days to pass and our break to start.  But finally, last Saturday morning, we dropped Sydney at the kennel and headed out for Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

The first time DH and I went to Gatlinburg was on our honeymoon 35 years ago.  We traveled back as a family several times and DH and I returned as a couple two summers ago.  It has certainly changed over the years.

Gatlinburg is really at its best in the autumn.  I was hoping for . . .

. . . crisp air and sunshine

. . . beautiful, colors – crimson, orange and gold

. . . and “shop ‘til you drop” fun!

I had intended to post a couple of times during the trip.  But we stayed in a lodge that had Internet service only in the front lobby.  And to be honest, by the time we’d return to the room after being out and about all day, all I really wanted to do was rest (and knit, of course 🙂 ) until supper time.  So instead, I’ll share a little of the trip over the next few days.

This is the view from the patio off our room. It was a damp day when we arrived and the clouds were hanging low on the mountains.
This is the view from the patio off our room. It was a damp day when we arrived and the clouds were hanging low on the mountains.
Our room overlooked the river.  Sitting on the patio you could hear the water rushing over the huge boulders and see ducks swimming in the pools.
Our room overlooked the river. Sitting on the patio you could hear the water rushing over the huge boulders and see ducks swimming in the pools.
Chipmunks were everywhere.  They scampered on both sides of the river, hopping from one rock to another to get across.  This little fellow watched me watch him for a long time before moving on.
Chipmunks were everywhere. They scampered on both sides of the river, hopping from one rock to another to get across. This little fellow watched me watch him for a long time before moving on.
On our last day the ducks came right up to the railings to look for a snack.  They weren't bothered by the camera and really didn't seem to care that we were there.
On our last day the ducks came right up to the railings to look for a snack. They weren't bothered by the camera and really didn't seem to care that we were there.
My souvenir leaf -- the most brilliant red.  I picked this up the second morning at breakfast and kept it all week.  It's on the deck at home now, fading but still beautiful.
My souvenir leaf -- the most brilliant red. I picked this up the second morning at breakfast and kept it all week. It's on the deck at home now, fading but still beautiful.

Tomorrow . . . “shop ‘til you drop” fun . . .

Sunday . . . last stop before home . . .

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