Saturday, March 01, 2008

I'm nostalgic for conversations I had yesterday. I've begun reminiscing events before they even occur.

Well, we're back. It was very relaxing and we had unbelievable luck with the weather. Our first day in we stocked up on food and beer and checked into our little cabin high up on top of a mountain. Our little Kia Spectre rental actually made it! They had warned us the chance of snow that night had gone from 80 to 100%, so we got extra nibbles.

Sure enough, a wet snow started that night not unlike the kind we get here. However, within the hour it became soft and flaky--a snow completely foreign to me. It makes horrible snowballs, but that's ok with me. You can lie down in it and not be completely soaked--I just don't understand!

What, you say? This story would be so much better with pictures? Indeed, it would! Well, first picture of the trip. We had lunch at a local brewery and when we tried to order a pitcher, we were told they don't have those, so we ordered 2 of their "tankards" or whatever they call them. That's a quarter next to mine.

Come inside! That's the front door and our little kitchen. I left all the cooking to D since 95% of it involved the grill. Note the chair on the left. Everything about this place gets 100%...except maybe the decor...

Looking up, we have the upstairs...

Where I was just standing--the living room. Gas fireplace and I believe that's The Meaning of Life we've got there on the TV. We waste no time.

The view from the kitchen.

The main bed just upstairs. There was a downstairs bedroom with a view of the hot tub on the back porch (not the most exciting), but we never slept in there, as we had a much better view from our bed.

And you can see how this would be okay to wake up to.

Popping outside, we have the swing. Very nice, but not a ton of time here as it was a bit nippy.

And let's get to this "nippiness." For comparisons sake, this was our little Kia...

And the next morning...

The view of our neighbors' cabins the first day...

And the next morning!

And this is the cabin itself!

Yeah that black thing in the front? That's the grill. Luckily the snow abated in the afternoon and we were able to successfully grill. I don't think hot dogs over a gas fireplace would really do it.

Ridiculously beautiful. Couldn't stop watching it snow!

Played quite a bit of pool, which I especially love not doing in public.

As I mentioned, the snow was total powder. No soaking, no freezing, no yucky slush, magical.

I have no idea who this person is. Someone completely undignified, clearly. *cough*

How unappreciative if we had left the driveway pristine!

We couldn't decide how unusual a snow like this was for Pigeon Forge. Our last day we stopped at the same brewery for lunch and when the woman found out we were leaving, she said, "But you got to be a part of the snow!" with the same appreciation as a native Texan might, and we decided it was a highly unusual snow.

The weather made it extra special but it was a very relaxing trip regardless. I'd go there again any day!

On the down side, we came back yesterday during rush hour and as soon as we got off the highway a woman rear-ended D's car, shattering the side of the back bumper. To her credit she gave us both a hug afterward. Then we got home and I barfed, as I am not the best when it comes to motion sickness. The plane had been okay, but the shuttle to the car was less than settling, nor am I a great passenger in rush hour traffic (all that braking).

But neither incident was as bad as it could have been. (But don't even get me started on my rant about bumpers being made of fiber glass these days as opposed to rubber, as they used to be. My old Camry could take anything). The woman is insured (even if it does look to be a very small company) and once I went to bed I was peachy keen.

It may or may not appear about to rain, so I've got to hurry up and play in my yard a little while it's nice outside...


A said...

So glad you had a good time! :D Wow, it looks really gorgeous.

Heh, what fun in the snow. XD

Sorry about the rear-ending, though. :( :( Fuck. (...Only in Texas would the person who rear-ended you give you a hug. That's kinda cool.)

The [Cherry] Ride said...

What a cool place!

And I LOVE it when you quote from Kicking & Screaming.

Veloute said...

That place ROCKS! I love it! I'm so glad you had a great time.

I totally love that snow that is so fluffy it doesn't even get you wet. I totally would have rolled in it, too! Even though we just got about a foot more of it :/

Sorry about the rear ending. That sucks :(

This year, we grilled even when it snowed. I think we're accepting the winters more now.

It's so gorgeous there. I totally may ask you for the contact info. In case some day we go out of state without children.

Welcome back home!

Ellen Aim said...

A: It'll be even cooler if her insurance ponies up!

[C]: Totally rad place. And there is a line from K&S for just about every situation in life.

Vel: The place is called Fireside Chalets, easily googled, but I bet I have their site, too. Good price for what you get, highly recommend!

SkylersDad said...

Beautiful place, glad you had a good time. And those beers! My god, was that about 48 ounces or so?

Triana said...


I wanna go!

Ellen Aim said...

Skyler'sD: I think just 32...but boy they hit the spot!

Triana: Highly highly highly recommend! Google Fireside Chalets and they have a TON of choices. I opted for secluded, fireplace, pool table & hot tub!