Sarah looked forward to the trip for weeks ahead of time. So when Friday, October 10, rolled around and she found out we were leaving for Pigeon Forge the next day, she was just ecstatic. We still had a lot of last minute things to do to get ready, but Sarah was at a fever pitch.
Saturday, October 11, finally arrived. Sarah is NOT a morning person. She does not like to get up early, and she does not come bounding out of bed all energetic and happy. If we have to wake her up before she's ready for some reason, it takes a few minutes for her to actually get herself roused.
Except for this particular day. Nelson told her it was time to get up. She immediately sat up and squealed, "So we can go on our trip?!" She practically bounced out of bed, all excited and eager to be on our way.
We completed a couple more last-minute tasks, loaded the car, and headed on our way. Thankfully, we made very good time on our drive. Or at least, we made good time until we got off the interstate at the Sevierville/Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg exit!
Anyone who has visited the area knows how horrendous traffic can be. When my family visited Pigeon Forge when I was a child, my dad always insisted we leave early to make the drive. Now I know why! At 2 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon, there is nothing but stop-and-go, bumper-to-bumper traffic for miles. I honestly think it took us longer to drive through town than the whole rest of the trip from Kingsport. Needless to say, this made one little miss in the back seat VERY impatient and unhappy.
But we did finally arrive at the cabin. And wow! This house is beautiful. Sarah and I both fell in love immediately upon arrival. It is large and spacious, with four bedrooms, 3.5 baths (including a Jacuzzi), an open kitchen, a back porch complete with swing and hot tub, and an incredible view of the mountains.
Here are some photos of our home-away-from-home for the week.
The cabin itself...
The sign at the driveway. Our cabin was called "Makin' Memories." Appropriate, no? :)
The living room...perfect for kicking back and relaxing...
The game room...complete with pool table and plenty of books.
The kitchen (I suffer from dishwasher envy. Sigh).
The dining area.
Views from the back porch.
After picking our rooms and putting our stuff down, we headed out to said back porch and relaxed in the swing to await the arrival of Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Nick, and Aunt Tara. Sarah had a great time watching the road, looking for "the red shiny truck."
Later I will post Day 2...which includes our misadventures with church and restaurants.