During the day on Saturday we went to Gatlinburg. It was like a redneck version of Disneyland. It was SO gaudy and overwhelming. There were a bunch of arcades, candy stores, airbrush t-shirt shops, as well as PLENTY of stores where you could buy guns and knives. Every block appeared to have the same stuff, yet everything was packed. Also, the FASHION of Gatlinburg... Wow, just wow. I've never in one location seen so many hot pink velour track suits with glitter hearts. But we did some fun things! We went to Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum and the Aquarium. The aquarium (another Ripley's outfit) was actually quite enjoyable. They have a tunnel under the shark tank where you can walk through and see all the sea life. Plus, PENGUINS. How can you not enjoy penguins?
On Sunday we headed into Pigeon Forge (home of Dollywood y'all!) and had lunch at The Old Mill. These pictures were taken after lunch so please excuse the food baby that I'm sporting. The Old Mill had really good southern food - I had country fried steak and Steve had chicken and dumplings. It was my first time ever trying chicken and dumplings and I was impressed. The dumplings are like gnocci's long lost American cousin.
After our fat-ass lunch we went into Great Smoky Mountains National Park and went for a scenic drive and some small nature hikes. We took a rocky path down to a river and just listened to the sound of the water falling over rocks. It was one of the most perfectly beautiful things I have ever seen. And the best part was we were all alone, just the two of us. Not another human in sight. Absolutely perfect.
So this outfit got me quite a few odd looks in Pigeon Forge. I guess because it was not a hot pink track suit. And yes, once again, I'm wearing the New York City leggings. I love these things and the fact that they don't really match anything means that they match EVERYTHING. The dress was something I picked up at Modcloth's cabin fever sale and I'm very happy with it. The collar is perfect!
So now I'm back in Nashville and back to real life. Real life consists of work, unpacking, and getting 4 cats to get along with each other. Oh how I will miss you, cabin in the mountains!
Boots: Old Brown Boots