Vacation pt.1

We had a great time on vacation. Getting away seemed to be exactly what we needed. Wednesday at midnight, we left for the 12 hour drive to Cleveland, TN. We arrived at our hotel, showered, napped a little, had dinner and got ready for Diona's cousin's vow renewal service.
Friday morning we headed to our cabin which was located in Pigeon Forge. It was a gorgeous drive!
Saturday, Sunday and Monday was full of relaxing with family, site seeing in Cades Cove and Gatlinburg, going to Dollywood and going up LOTS of stairs.
Tuesday, we left to slowly make our way back home through North and South Carolina, Georgia and then through Florida. We found rivers, waterfalls, antique shops, historic buildings and sites to explore. We safely made in home late Friday night and had the weekend to welcome the 1st of October and get ready for daycare.
Meagan, Collin and Kaitlyn... belly's full of Cracker Barrel dinner, but still tired from the trip.
The ceremony party!
The happy couple and Diona's side of the family
Headed to the cabin... three level, 14 sleeper, 3 bath, full kitchen, pool and air hockey table and guarantee of bears!
The long drive begins.
We saw many churches.
A bumper sticker that reads "keep TN beautiful, eat more Gator"
rolling hills and big blue skies.

our cabin!
check out that view... from the front porch!
Friday we went to Cades Cove. It was so beautiful, and so much fun to walk around the fields and woods.
Meagan, Collin and Kaitlyn walking out in a field.
During a walk in the woods, we stopped to get a family picture

The drive was beautiful!
Fields and mountains.

we explored the river near the mill
Todd and Diona

Meagan, Collin and Kaitlyn sitting on a tree trunk that fell over the river
Diona found a beautiful black and blue butterfly.
Collin, Meagan and Kaitlyn

Such a beautiful mountain!

We took this dirt road
To see Cades Cove Primitive Baptist Church

Looked around an old cemetery
The birds... black crows were all around a certain part of the drive.
we sat in a line for 30 minutes because...
There was a big black bear waaaay off in the distance
This mill grinds dried corn to make corn meal.
Panoramic view of Cades Cove mountains
After we left Cades Cove, we stopped at several rivers to play.
Todd and Diona sitting on a rock in front of a waterfall
We could have stayed there for hours!
Collin throwing rocks

Meagan sitting on a dry rock in the middle of the waterfall

Kaitlyn liked all the huge rocks
Diona sitting in the middle of the waterfall

M, C and K exploring all the rocks

Onto part 2!

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