Monday, April 13, 2009

Smoky Mountain Trip

We had a great time in Tennessee. Everything went well except the one day we had snow!!! Actually it wasn't too bad. It snowed a bit at night and on and off throughout the day but the next day it was back to nice weather.
This is the day Mark and the kids went horse back riding through the mountains. I was a bit nervous about the girls doing this but they did great and all enjoyed it!















I just love thse next 3 pictures:









I have to tell you the story behind these 2 pictures. One day Mark wanted to go on 1 more trail he found that led to a waterfall so just our family took off in the morning. We got there and I found out it was a trail you had to walk to get to the waterfall- I had thought it was a drive by trail. I had worn my crocs! It had snowed the night before so there was snow on the trail. I said to still go and do it. It started not so bad on the way to the waterfall- besides being long-it took 1 hr to go 1 way- we eventually made it. However on the way back everything began to thaw and it turned into a real nightmare. It was all mud and it was like walking on ice. I really was near tears at a couple points along the way back. I was literally hanging onto Mark's back and inching my way along and I can't tell you how many times I almost fell. A few times I started slipping and had to run because I couldn't stop slipping. Keep in mind we are on a mountain and it's a long way down on 1 side! My legs were shaking by the time we got back and the next day my whole body was aching. Mark felt terrible but we had no idea what we were getting into.
Look at the picture of the Llamas. They carry supplies up the trail- look how muddy the one behind is- that's what we all looked like when we finally got down. Now I can laugh about it- not so much then!!









On one of our days we went to the Aquarium. It's a great aquarium and the kids all loved it. This is how Halle and Shaelyn were throughout the aquarium and the whole week- they can't get enough of each other. It's so cute to see.






The aquarium had a tunnel that you could walk under so this shark picture was in that tunnel:








We had a hot tub at the cabin that we all enjoyed- I do have a picture of Terri and I in there but I don't want anyone having bad dreams tonight :)

Just in case you remember- we took Oscar along with us on this vacation- he did great! Look at how comfortably he rode:



Lastly, I'll show you some of the beautiful waterfalls we saw. I have to give Mark a shout out for taking the waterfall pictures- he did a great job! I said to Mark- I can't help but think this is God's country when you witness the incredible beauty that is there. We didn't see any of the bears that we wanted to see- but it was a great vacation!!












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17 comments:

Mari said...

Mark did such a good job with the pictures - they look like postcards! Glad you survived that walk!

Jodi said...

Glad you had a wonderful time! The pictures are beautiful, especially the waterfalls. The horseride sounds fun!

Anonymous said...

What great pictures! So glad you all had such a good time! You MUST frame those pictures of the waterfalls! WOW! Patty

Nancy said...

I can't imagine walking in crocs in the snow and mud!! Bravo for you. Your pictures are awesome!!! Tell Mark he done good, the smokies are so beautiful!!

A Stone Gatherer said...

All the pictures are beautiful Cheri! Now I hope we go this summer!!!! Speaking of mountain climbing, I had to do a bit of that in California! We were up at about 8000 feet so the air was so much thinner too. I of course was heavier then too, so I really struggled every time we went hiking. I think I'm in better shape now!!! Hopefully!

Aspiemom said...

Wow, you got some beautiful pictures!!! VERY beautiful! It looks like a great time, too. Of course you did, I live just over the boarder from TN - it's a great place!

Glad you survived the harrowing hike to the falls w/o getting hurt. I wouldn't have even made it half way to the top! lol

LeslieW. said...

That is so beautiful! Looks like a great place to go!

Jennifer said...

The pictures are beautiful. It looks like you all had a wonderful time (aside from a bit of a nightmare of a hike). Great memories!
Smiles!

Diane said...

Such beautiful pictures! I'm so glad you were able to make the hike though! Looks like great memories were made!!! :)

Nate and Brenda said...

Love the pictures!! Glad you had a great time!!!

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

So glad you had fun!!! We love the aquarium too! If you ever make it back down tell me! We are in Chattanooga and go there all the time! Love your pics. SO glad you have a good time. Those are great memories with family.
Much love,
Angela

Cherdecor said...

OH.MY.WORD! What beautiful pictures!
I am so glad that you all had a wonderful time.

Growin' with it! said...

oh you poor sweet thing. well the llama didn't spit on you at least right? my fav picture is the one w/ the rusty truck & old barn. totally out of a framed one in a gallery!! looks like a great trip but good to be home i bet!

Terri said...

we did have fun!!! I wish it was last week (for one more day)

TJ said...

You should frame the waterfall pictures. They are wonderful and no one else will have the same pictures. I can understand how you can laugh now but not then about the trip down the mountain. I noticed that some pictures everyone had shorts on and then another with coats. The best of both weathers. Glad you had a good time.

Rachel Slagle said...

it looks like you had a lot of fun on your trip. when i was younger my dad used to drag us off on nature vacations and i hated them (i really enjoy and appreciate them now) - the best part of those vacations were the horse back riding outings :)

you guys take amazing pictures! i love the ones of the barns.

God's Not Finished With Us Yet... said...

Man, those are amazing photo's you took! I can't wait to get my new camera. Those look awesome!!!!

Glad you enjoyed your time there Cheri and family!

Hugs,
Sarah Cecilia