Saturday we were up bright and early to drive into Gatlinburg and peruse the main strip. It's definitely become a tourist town, but it's still pretty neat to check out the little shops and haggle over purse prices. I found a terrific summer purse for only $22! I picked up a few other odds and ends, and then we enjoyed lunch at The Log Cabin. This is by far my favorite place to have pancakes out of the hundreds of pancake places in town. I tried the blackberry pancakes and think they may be a new favorite!
We drove up into the mountains to go on a walk and take some pictures. We also saw a rattlesnake! I'm not a fan of snakes and I didn't try to get close enough to get a good picture, but it was still kind of neat to see a snake out in nature... from a safe distance... that I could run away from it quickly if it moved my way.
We headed back to Pigeon Forge to hit the Scrapbook Superstore. They have a clearance center where I got a GOB of stuff for $12. Very awesome. We had dinner at the Applewood Farm (another delicious southern meal) before checking out the huge Christmas store. We grabbed some ice cream and crashed back at the hotel room.
Sunday we had breakfast and then hit up this little village of shops. We found The Cat House where they have - you guessed it - all cat stuff, including 6-7 live cats. We spent a good bit of time playing with the kitties. There was even a cat named Bob who is 22 years old! Incredible! If my cat lives that long, I'll be like 45!
We finished the trip out by spending some time at the huge outlet mall. I picked up a couple of shirts at Banana Republic before we loaded back up in the car and headed home.
All in all, it was a terrific weekend with mom and sister. I've added a few pictures for your viewing pleasure. :)
Playing by the river in the Smokey Mountains