Adventures galore today! Really, really, great day.
THE MOUNTAIN VIEWS
We started out with a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park which is right next to where we are staying (so awesome). I freaking love national parks and being out in wilderness… even if we had to drive.
The drive up the through the mountains was really cool. There were a ton of beautiful spots and stopoffs where we stopped and got out and took pictures.
We even went through a few tunnels on the drive – which I LOVE!
And then we got to the overlook at the top of the mountain, which was freaking awesome. One of the reasons why I love snowboarding is the feeling I have when I am on top of a mountain looking out. This might not be as cool because there is no snowboarding afterwards, but the views were still very impressive.
I was clearly excited to be there… Wooooohoooo!
THE WALKING, LOTS AND LOTS OF WALKING
We wanted this vacation to be an active one, as much as possible, so we’ve done a lot of walking today. We walked up and down the strip in Gatlinburg and wandered around quite a bit. But my favorite walk was the little half mile trail we walked in the national park.
It was cute at first but it turned out there were OBSTACLES! Who knew we would be climbing over things too?
But in the end the trail went around a nice little river.
Nice walk, right? We thought so and hopefully will do another trail tomorrow despite the snow that is falling tonight. It will be gorgeous out here tomorrow with fresh snow on the ground. I can’t wait to see that and to hopefully walk some more. I love walking in new places where there are new things to see. It’s just the walking for exercise at home that I find boring. Today we knocked out almost 5 miles no problem. It was even fun!
The food bit of the day went like this: super sugary pastry filled breakfast, turkey 6″ sub for lunch with sun chips, and then a chinese buffet experience with lots of crab wontons for dinner (delish!). I also bought some fudge while we were in town today to see what all the fuss was about and I’ve eaten two pieces. Don’t think it is all that great. They seem to be obsessed with fudge and pancakes out here. Anyone know why?
Today was awesome and the next couple days we are here will be too. I envision more walking, some outlet shopping, and maybe some more unknown fun things. But definitely more relaxation. Including a bubble bath which I am about to go make happen. Perfect end to a really good exercise filled vacation day.