Sunday, December 8, 2013

Mountain Monkeys

In November, our friends Derek and Jessica invited us up for a weekend at their family's mountain cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The fall leaves and chilly weather made it the perfect weekend to explore the mountains and the nearby town of Gatlinburg.

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Our other host for the weekend, Forrest.

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Such a good sharer.

We started out Friday morning with a pancake breakfast and then checked out the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. I have to confess that I had very low expectations for this aquarium, especially having been to the Chattanooga and the Atlanta aquariums fairly recently. I was so pleasantly surprised by this aquarium - it seemed like it was really built with children in mind and the kids had a great time looking at all of the animals. Anna particularly enjoyed the dinosaur exhibit.

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All of the kids fell in love with the penguins.

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Digging for dino bones.

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We were lucky to have the place almost entirely to ourselves, at least for the first trip around.

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I didn't really get too many other pictures, but it was the perfect weekend to spend with friends in front of a fire and a football game. We very much enjoyed our trip to the mountains and Anna keeps asking to go back to "Mr. T's" house! Thanks so much for a great time, Derek and Jessica!


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