Gatlinburg Cub Scouts - Day Two

Sunday, January 17, 2010


Day Two started wonderful.  Everyone woke up happy, and GO & CW rolled around on the bed playing.


We had breakfast all together,in the hotel, and I had a chance to take pictures of our beautiful view from our balcony.

The hotel was amazing, and I loved being so close and walking all around downtown Gatlinburg, but still being able to see the Great Smokies in the distance.  The long bridge is how you exit the hotel and get to the main street.

After breakfast the group split up.  We went with the Royal family to the Guinness Book of World Records Museum, managing to be the first people in the door.  GO spent her second day in the Ergo Baby (getting ready for our long trip).

Hubby and King found a really cool drumming machine - King bet us all, but no one came close to the record!

B10 found a car to drive.  I never really understood the car, I think it was a car from a movie.  Either way, he enjoyed it immensely!

After the Museum, we made our way to the Mirror Maze.  It is one of the few attractions I had never visited in Gatlinburg (attached to the Candy Kitchen - buy 10 lbs of candy, get a free toothbrush) and we LOVED it.  It was a really cheap addition to our group passes, but one of my favorite things.

We had a blast wearing our gloves (so as not to smudge on the mirrors) and trying to find our way back and forth in the maze.

Lunch was at Wendy's (again...), but we made it back to the parking lot around 12:30 pm to get our cars and head to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

I love watching B10 stare at nature, he could do it for hours and the way his brain works is so fascinating to me.

The GSMNP is the most visited park in the National System.  We stopped at the Sugarlands Visitors Center with Prince, Princess and ET.

It was raining (except in the upper elevations, where it was doing a bit of "slushing"), so we didn't get to stop often.  We did pull over at the Newfound Gap, where the boys could stand in both Tennessee and North Carolina at the same time.

Also, the Appalachian Trail crosses this point, so while I didn't hike MUCH - I did "hike" a part of the trail!

GO and CW were fast asleep, ignoring the cold, wet snow.  Hubby didn't really get out of the car either!

After we left GSMNP, we headed south home, following the Royal Family.  Since I've been an adult, I've never driven by Tallulah Gorge during daylight hours and not stopped, so we had to pull over and take a few quick pictures.

This was GO's first Gorge visit.  She was quite happy to get out of her carseat!

The rest of the drive home included IHOP for dinner and a quick geocache grab at Brenau University.  Overall, a great Cub Scout trip!  (Even with the damaged toe!)

~Lone Butterfly  )i(