On Sunday afternoon, the weather reports for Monday between Ohio and Tennessee were really bad. It was supposed to start about 4am on Monday. We couldn't drop Lucy off at the kennel until 8am Monday and we knew we'd be driving in some really horrible weather if we left then. We had just about decided we would have to cancel. Hubby called the kennel to cancel and while talking to them, they agreed to take Lucy on Sunday night (which they normally do not do). So we quickly finished packing, dropped Lucy off at the kennel on the way to church. After church, we took my dad back home and we left town around 7:15pm in perfect driving weather.
We arrived at our hotel around 12:15-12:30AM. Now our reservation didn't start until Monday, but our room was ready and we were able to move right in and unpack and not have to change rooms on Monday. It just felt like to us, that God was working everything out and we were totally thrilled to be there.
On Monday, we had breakfast at our hotel and then took a drive to check things out. We did a little shopping and had lunch and then headed back to the hotel. It was sleeting pretty bad and things were getting a little slippery. Plus pretty much everything was closing down due to the weather predictions. We took a nap and relaxed in the room for awhile then headed out to see if we could find anything open. Parking lots were pretty bad, but the road stayed fairly clear. We found a Subway connected to a gas station that was open, so we picked up sandwiches and headed back to our room for the night.
|This is our Mickey antenna topper which will give you an idea of the ice situation we were in. lol|
Most stores and restaurants were closed from Monday afternoon until Friday after lunch. We were always able to find some place to eat, but there wasn't much else to do. We took a drive each day (as I said the roads stayed fairly good). I think the main reason everything was closed was because the employees couldn't make it into work because the roads where they live weren't passable.
|Here's a picture of the roads as it was sleeting in Pigeon Forge|
|And this is in Gatlinburg. No one much driving, but a lot of people out walking. Still not much of anything opened.|
On Wednesday (which was our 26th Wedding Anniversary), hubby and I went to Dixie Stampede. We had bought our tickets on Monday and were afraid they might not open. I called in the afternoon and they said yes they would be having the show that evening. I'm so glad, because we had gone here on our honeymoon and it was fun being able to celebrate our anniversary there. We had such a great time and enjoyed the show.
|We seldom ever buy the picture they always take when you walk in.|
|However, this time we did. It's not too bad I guess.|
|However, I like the one we took in the show area ourselves better. lol|
So while we didn't get to do a lot of the things we thought we would, we really enjoyed our time together, with no pressure. Hubby spent a lot of time reading and I spent a lot of time knitting and watching Gilmore Girls on my iPad. We took some naps and did a lot of driving around and looking at what was around the area. We never really got to go up into the mountains, but that's ok. They'll be there the next time we go.
Below are some of the things I made while on this trip. See I really did get a lot of knitting done. lol
|A headband/earwarmer for me|
|A child's hat that still needs the pompom|
|A girl child's hat|
|An adult hat, that I think I will probably add a pompom to,|
We arrived back home on Friday and this is how Miss Lucy spent Friday night. I think was was work out from a week at the kennel, plus she wanted to make sure we wouldn't leave here again. haha
|Laying in the recliner with mommy|