Yesterday was my and my twin sister's birthday. It was the first time in 10 years that we weren't together as we celebrated another year of living. I missed her a whole lot, but The Man showed me a great time, as he always does on special occasions.
We decided to spend the day in Gatlinburg, starting with lunch at a patio cafe.
From there, we walked to the aerial tram station that takes you to Ober Gatlinburg and hopped aboard for the 10 minute ride up the side of a mountain. At the top are amusement park rides for the kiddos, places to eat, shop, ice-skate (no, we didn't attempt that, afraid we might end up with a cast on something), and there is also a mini-zoo, and a chair-lift that takes you even further up the mountain. Starting each November, they make their own snow and have sledding, tubing, and skiing. A great family destination. You can also drive up, if you prefer.
They take your picture before you board the tram and I bought this one for the scrapbook (as if I need another one.)
Back in the city, we took in a little shopping, then stopped in for some desserts. I went for the macadamia nut banana pudding. I'd never tried a banana pudding with nuts, but it was spectacular! And spectacularly large!
The Man had this triple fudge chocolate cake. We took turns eating a bite of each offering and it's safe to say we left on a real sugar high. Have mercy!
Part of the pleasure of an autumn road trip is getting to see all of the pumpkin decorations along the way. Everywhere you look in this part of Tennessee, it's a feast for the eyes.
On the way back to Pigeon Forge, we missed the vista point I wanted to stop by and capture a photo. It's a magnificent view, so we plan to go back another day before we leave this area.
For those wondering, it appeared that the Great Smoky Mountain National Park was open for business, but I can't say for sure. I just know the Welcome Center was booming, and we saw no closed roads, or signs indicating such. Again, I don't know if all of the park is open, but it appeared parts of it may well be. Traffic was heavy.
I chose to end my birthday sitting around a campfire, inhaling the autumn air and the deliciousness of burning wood. It is in the simple things that I find rest and peace.
My heart is full as I consider all of God's countless blessings to me. No matter what tomorrow holds, I can't complain.
Until next time, dear friends, may blessings surround you.