Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Mansion, A Scenic Drive and SNOW!!!!

i know that "all good things must come to an end;" i just wish that did not include VACATION!!!   we have had such a wonderful time in the great smoky mountains, and have really enjoyed our time with our friends!   don't you hate when you have to pack back up to head home?  ugh!   but we get to visit our good friends, the pickerills, on our way back home!   he is our former pastor, and we look forward to seeing them again.  the last time we saw them was for wyatt's open heart surgery last february!  

so what else have we done since we "gem mined?"   we visited the biltmore house on a rainy cold day.  that was a great choice....we really enjoyed the history there.  it is amazing that a home of that magnitude (250 rooms) was built over 110 years ago!  

our family!
the biltmore house

 beautiful home....amazing
architecture and furnishings!

on wednesday we drove through the great smoky mountains national park, which is the only national park who charges no admission fee!   it is one of our family's favorite places!  

we stopped at the oconaluftee mountain farm museum and visitor center outside of cherokee, north carolina.

and then we drove on up to newfound gap, where we found some old snow in the parking lot! old snow or new, my boys had to have a little snowball fight!  

me and my guys! 
 we drove into gatlinburg, tennessee for a quick stop at the rock shop, then into pigeon forge to eat at the applewood farm grill....YUMMY!    we ended the day with a real "guy" thing to do....the smoky mountain knife store....a highlight for them!   it was a great, exhausting day!   and wyatt handled it like a trooper!  

making memories here.....

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