Wednesday, November 1, 2017

40 in TN

Jake decided to celebrate his 40th birthday with a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains to go hiking. We went over fall break and stayed 4 nights in a cabin in Cosby, TN, a few miles from Gatlinburg. The narrow, windy mountain roads made it seem further than it was, but Jake seemed to enjoy the mountain driving. 
Fri, Oct 6:

 Gavin did a great job running up and down the hill by the cabin to carry up firewood:

 Sat, Oct 7:
We hiked to Grotto Falls in the Great Smoky mountains, a 2.8 mi roundtrip hike up the side of a mountain to a waterfall. Gavin wanted to go another 6 miles to the top. No thanks.

 After the hike we ate lunch and did another hike by the Sugarlands visitor center. Afterwards we were happy to get back to the cabin to relax:

 Sunday it rained all day so we did some indoor stuff. We visited the muscle car museum in Sevierville:

 The worlds largest knife store:

 "The Island" shopping center in Pigeon Forge where Jake and the kids picked out tervis cups:
 and Arcade City at the Island:

 kids playing with toys they won at the arcade:

 Monday we walked around downtown Gatlinburg and visited Ripley's Aquarium:

 Then we drove over to the Bush's Beans factory tour:

 And back to the cabin: