One place that is near and dear to my heart is the area surrounding the Smokies inside the state of Tennessee. The perfect trip would start in Chattanooga, TN and ends in Gatlinburg, TN. Yes, that would be the best trip ever. What do you know, my family actually did that trip. It was one of my favorite trips.
It is currently above 100ºF outside. It’s pretty toasty, and there is no need to wear anything but your underwear, really. Except that might be illegal. This post is such a great post that reminds me how life has its season. Some is melting hot while others are cool and comfy. Every year, when it’s summer time, I keep looking forward to winter because I know the season is one thing that I can count on. I’m beginning to be okay with the summer time, but there’s a reason why there’s no life on the sun… or Mars.
When Jason and I visited the Rocky Mountain, it was dead. Yes, the rocks and everything was all dead. It was blistering cold, and I loved it; Jason, not so much. It was nice to go around to look at the cities from above. There was no line to do anything and we could take picture where ever we want without having anyone around (well… except the people who took our pictures for us). My family and I always went when it was crowded. So crowded that we packed into all the exhibits so tight, we kept each other warm. As I said, this is my favorite areas so it doesn’t matter whether it’s crowded or not.
We explored the nice local shops around Gatlinburg area. I never had the guts to ride in the open ski lifts. Just watching it made me sick. We did rode the big lift to Uber to see what was up there. There was an ice skating rink and a lot of opportunities to do snow-related sports. There wasn’t a lot place to walk around so I’d rather spend time in the lower half of Gatlinburg. We also ran into the best put-put golf place I’ve ever been to. It was the Ripley’s golf park. They have three different parks through the city. The cool thing was my ticket was good for a whole year so I could go back and play put-put over and over again if I wanted to. There was also an arcade area at the barn-themed park.
As far as food, get some type of soup inside a bread bowl. That’s how you do winter in Gatlinburg. We got some while we were in Dollywood. We rode some easy roller coasters and checked out the cool country shops in the theme park. They had anything from glass blowing demo to reenactment of A Christmas Carol.
Another good place to enjoy a nice dinner was by going to Dixie Stampede. It was a dinner and show. They served potato soup, Cornish hen, cornbread, potato, and some kind of pie. No silverware was needed. No silverware was provided. The show was pretty cool also. We went to another dinner and show that was called something something Lumberjack. That one wasn’t that great compared to this one. I like the show and food better. Jason seemed to always enjoy some type of race, like pig race, climbing up the tree race, etc.
Another city to explore around the area is called Pigeon Forge. That area was great to get chained restaurant food and more shopping. There were attractions such as arcades, carnivals, and Christmas lights showing. There was a museum in a form of an upside down house. It had lots of cool sciency stuff along with tricky things that made your brain vomit. Though the place was well kept, it was too expensive for the price.
If you decide to go, bring your earmuffs, gloves, jackets, sweater, another jacket, hat, wooly socks, and double pants. Though the thought of those article of clothing is far away from my mind right now, I cannot wait till I get to cozy up to them again. I hope you enjoy thinking about the cool weather in the midst of this month. If you’re not a fan of the cold, maybe visiting the Smokies is a great idea right now. It’s pretty, friendly, and great all year round.