This week was Daulton's Spring Break and I took the week off from work and we headed out of town for a few days. We stopped at my sister and brother-in-law's house in Lexington last Sunday for a quick visit and to spend the night. Some unfortunate packing on my part left Daulton without clean socks, but luckily he and my sister have the same size feet and she loaned us some socks.
The drive to Gatlinburg, TN on Monday morning was a little overcast but we still had a great view of the mountains. Once we got near Gatlinburg, the sun came out and it was a beautiful day.
We were able to check into our hotel early and we had a nice view of the water. We stayed at The Inn on the River in Pigeon Forge and it was a great hotel for us. Matt found a good deal on Groupon for our stay and we liked that it was centrally located. The guys liked to sit on the patio in the mornings (while I slept in) and watch the ducks.
This trip was the boys first trip to Gatlinburg and my second. Gatlinburg today is nothing like I remembered it as a kid. The best descriptions of the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area is "Kiddie Vegas" and "Hillbilly Vegas". There are bright lights and billboards everywhere and instead of casinos everywhere, there are miniature golf and go-kart tracks as far as the eye can see.
There are more posts to come with pictures of the rest of our trip!