On Friday the wild child and I set off on an adventure. We were heading south to the Puppetry Museum in Atlanta to see the Labyrinth & Dark Crystal exhibits. But we didn’t want to just drive straight down and back. So the first thing we did was decide to go by way of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Friday morning we set our GPS for Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. All I can say is “WOW!!” This place is incredible! Every few yards it was – look at that, Wow! Can you believe it! What is that?! On and on, and just so unbelievable. You really have to experience it. Las Vegas without all the casinos – lights, castles, but also sharks and bears as doorways, the Titanic, and an upside-down building!
Someday we will go just to visit Pigeon Forge, but on this day we had a different goal. So we headed out of town by way of the Gatlinburg Bypass. Just as we entered the Park we noticed we were getting low on gas. I saw a sign that said “Downtown” with an arrow, so figured that would lead is to a gas station. It did, but OMG!
I remember telling the youngest to take the hill down to the ferry a few months back. That was quite a hillside to go down. This time it was a mountainside!!! Check out this map, and it really doesn’t do justice as to how steep it was. These twists and turns are almost vertical. The driveways were extremely steep to just get to the houses. Sadly there are still many burned out from the fires. But they are rebuilding. It is just unbelievable that they are, on such steep hillsides, but they are. I am sorry to say that we were so involved it the tight switch-back turns we didn’t even think to take any pictures! But I did take this one after we got back on the bypass.
We headed through the beautiful Great Smoky Mountain National Park. What a beautiful country this is.
Slideshow of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park
We arrived at our hotel in Kennesaw, Georgia. Not too thrilled with the first room they gave us. The toilet seat was broken, and it just didn’t look well cleaned. But they gave us another room, and it was just fine. The next morning we drove into Atlanta to the museum.
Slideshow of the Puppetry Museum, Atlanta Georgia
The wild child was just enthralled with the place. Watching her face as she saw the characters she had seen so many times watching the movies was just such a heartwarming thing.
We then headed over to the Centennial Olympic Park. We had lunch at a wonderful restaurant and walked over to the wheel – SkyView Atlanta. What a site to see, but not so much for the wild child. We have finally found something she isn’t too thrilled about – big Ferris wheels.
Slideshow of downtown Atlanta
The next morning we headed back north. But we weren’t finished there. We decided to go by way of Chattanooga, Tennessee. We picked the Incline Railway to Lookout Mountain as the place to have our final adventure for this trip. Another WOW! Unfortunately the wild child had forgotten her water bottle in the car, so we only had mine. By the time we realized this, mine was half gone, and we were down at the museum in the park at the top of Lookout Mountain! Fortunately we were smart and took our time, stayed in the shade, and went straight to purchase water as soon as we left the park. What fantastic views, and just incredible that people build in such high places.
Slideshow of the Incline Railroad to Lookout Mountain
We made it home by 11pm; tired but very happy. All-in-all we had the best adventure ever!