tacky but fun!

We just got back from a short weekend trip to the mountains.  (Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge)  I am always amazed at how much new stuff there is when we go!  It's like the strip just keeps exploding outward.  Three lanes of traffic crawled toward the mountains past every kind of gift shop, junk shop, broken down parts store, Christmas shop, outlet, Elvis museum...you get the idea.  Once you figure out what you want to tackle, it's actually lots of fun.  We only had one day and we have an 11 year old...that makes it easy.  We went to Dollywood where the crafts fair was in full swing.  You can see candles being made, a blacksmith shop, a gristmill etc.  It's like going back in time.  Then when you've had enough a that, there's a zip line that flies you over the upper part of the park...or a roller coaster to crank up some adrenaline.  Quick trip but next time we'll have to hit all the shopping.  I think I'm ready!