Typically when we travel, we like to stay in bed & breakfasts, but, for the holiday weekend, most B&Bs were booked or had high holiday rates. We knew we could go up to 8 hours away, and we wanted to go south, so we started searching for a cabin. The one we ended up with was called Top of the Mountain, and warned that four-wheel drive was needed to reach it. Wow, they weren't kidding- good thing our Volvo has four wheel drive! I tried to capture the hills, but I'm not sure the steepness was adequately communicated. I was white-knuckled the whole way up. The pictures of the car driving are all on the driveway up to the cabin- note the guard rails on the driveway. We were thankful for the absence of ice.
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Once we got there, we played games, cooked dinner, enjoyed birthday cake, and watched the New Year's Twilight Zone marathon. We ventured out to check out the shopping and to tour the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Beautiful. Check out the album full of pictures:
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When we came back to 'real life,' we decided this was one of our favorite vacations ever. Josh said we should do all our vacations like this one. I made the observation that we did nothing we couldn't have done at home- shopping, driving, games, and cooking are all very 'normal' activities. Because we were away, though, the change of scenery and lack of schedule and responsibilities helped us relax. Also, I'd have to say, the scenery in Tennessee beats out anything we have in Indiana!