Friday, June 3, 2011

Trip to Gatlinburg/Sevierville

We started summer off right--with a looooong weekend trip to the Smokies. We laughed about all the "Rednecks" we saw but I realize now that we did several "Redneck-ish" activities ourselves so what does that say about us?! :)

After our last trip to Gatlinburg, Kelly insisted that we revisit Ober Gatlinburg and ride the alpine slide again. Instead of driving up we took the Tram to the top this time. Everyone (except mom) rode the alpine slide, we did the new maze, and the kids ice skated for a couple of hours.

While in Gatlinburg we also went to the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, played miniature golf--AND SAW A REAL BEAR!, enjoyed the hotel breakfast and swimming pool, ate ice cream cones, and walked through the streets.

After a couple days in Gatlinburg we headed over to Sevierville to meet my dad and my brother and his family. We stayed at Wilderness at the Smokies, an indoor water park/hotel/resort. It was AWESOME and the kids loved it (especially Kierstyn; she did NOT want to get out of the water each day!). Along with the water park we enjoyed delicious meals at The Old Mill and The Apple Barn (my favorite!), some crazy outlet mall shopping, and a night at the Track (go carts, bumper boats, and arcade).

After Kyler's last experience with a go-cart we didn't think we'd ever let him drive one again but he proved that 4 years can make a lot of difference. :) Go, Speed Racer, Go!

Kierstyn, Jason, and Calli had fun soaking each other on the bumper boats!We can't wait to go back!


Quincy Sorensen said...

Your trip looks like so much fun! Now I want to plan a family vacation to Gatlinburg!

Denise said...

We totally rode those cars while there a couple years ago! Sounds like you all had a GREAT time...redneck style or not!