Monday, October 27, 2008

A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words

Or, at least, I hope so, because following my weekend o' birthday fun, I've been sick on the actual day (today) with some kind of sinusy-headachy thing.

But, we had a blast this weekend:
(You can click on the pictures to biggify them.)

This was the view from our room - nothing spectacular, but we stayed at the "Bates Motel" again. Decor from 1972, but CLEAN. And, by Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg standards - CHEAP.

Redneck asked me what I wanted to do on Saturday, and I told him I wanted to go back to Cades Cove and actually drive through it this time. The last time we were there, Rockboy and Skaterboy were with us and they are not much on the scenic beauty and historical places. They were all about the go-carts and electronic amusements. There were a lot of people riding bikes through Cades Cove - including these Mennonites (on the left).

I have to admire anyone willing to even TRY to ride a bike through there. The traffic would terrify me, but in addition to that, it's an 11 mile loop. With steep hills. And really rough roads. I have a feeling there were spouses and significant others who got quite a chewing out later in their hotel rooms for even THINKING that it would be "fun" to go for a bike ride there.

This is a view across the valley at Cades Cove. The Today Show assured me that "leaves were at their peak" in the Smoky Mountains. The Today Show was wrong. The color was just starting, and I have a feeling that this coming weekend is going to be spectacular, especially since it's gotten cold here.

This is a grist mill at one of the stopping places (and the only place with a bathroom on the loop).

There was a lot of neat stuff to look at there, including a blacksmith.

What was a shame was that for some reason, people felt it was necessary to write their names all over everything, even though there is a sign warning you not to do that.

It took a long time to get all the way around the Cades Cove loop, but it was worth it. Except for this:

That, Patient Reader, is what made the 'chick sick.

Apparently, it is infested with mold or mildew or something because not long after leaving there, I started sneezing my head off - to the point that Redneck thought it was funny - at first - and then started getting a little worried because it would NOT stop. I spent the rest of the day sniffling and coughing, eyes red and watery, and halfway lost my voice.

We went to Gatlinburg and walked around for a little while, poking around in gift shops but didn't buy anything except a corn dog. I was more interested in getting to a drugstore or Walmart to get some Nyquil.

After dosing up on Nyquil later that night, the sniffling/sneezing/running nose etc. finally stopped and I fell asleep and felt pretty good yesterday, for the drive home. This morning? Not so much.

But, it's nothing serious and it's back to work tomorrow. At least it will be a short week. Halloween is Friday which means trick-or-treating with Skaterboy and then his FIRST wrestling meet on Saturday morning and then, a trip to Memphis with Redneck, Best Friend, and her husband. Good times. And more pictures, I'm sure.


heather said...

would it be wrong to make a smartass remark about the chic gettin sick at church? ;)

i'm glad you got to go sans the boys and see the sights.

Roadchick said...

Heather~ The thought did occur to me, but then I realized that God would not want me to be sick on my birthday.

"Sunshine" said...

Hi Roadchick,

I just discovered your blog--it rocks! Looks like a pretty cool trip (sorry you got sick--I can identify with the allergy thing). Anyway, I just wanted to say I like your blog and have committed to following it.

Roadchick said...

Sunshine~ Welcome! I'm glad you're enjoying the Roadtrip! Thanks for being here.

Susan said...

I always stay in gatlinburg when I go to that part of the world. The why should be obvious because I can walk to the bars from my super cheap, clean, faaavoorite hotel.

Roadchick said...

Susan~ That's the plan for this weekend in Memphis. *g*