|Hot tub and sitting area on the middle deck.|
|Sitting area on the 'lower' deck|
Now, when I say secluded, I mean s-e-c-l-u-d-e-d! No neighbors, no people....just the crickets, the wildlife and a spectacular view --- oh, and did I mention that half the fun was just getting up to the house?
Off the main road, a gravel road turned into a steep dirt road. The only way to go was up, up, up!
After much prayer, we arrived at our destination and were rewarded with peaceful tranquility and an awesome view!!
|The view, oh the view from the screened-in porch!!!|
Every morning, a cup of coffee and a spectacular view invited us to sit on the rockers out on the screened-in porch and take in the view in our p.j.'s. In fact, on one particular day, I sat on the porch, rocking away, reading and drinking coffee clad in my p.j.'s well into the afternoon --- AH!!!!
Escaping from the Florida heat, we enjoyed highs in the low 80's with no humidity. The gorgeous weather and peaceful rest lifted our spirits.
|Family Game Time!|
|Near Cades Cove|
Played together at The Fun Factory (think Chuckie Cheese, but better!). It's a warehouse filled with video games, putt-putt golf, bumper cars, laser tag, go-carts, bounce house and carousel all reasonably priced.
|Nip Napper's first carousel ride.....doesn't he look thrilled?|
|Milking Cow Game!|
|Panning for Gems|
|Panning for Gold|
On one of our days, we trekked up to Cades Cove. Cades Cove is a beautiful plateau area in the Smokey Mountains. On the 11 mile trek through the nature preserve, we kept our eyes peeled for wildlife. For some unknown reason, hubby decided to offer 'reward money' to the first person to spot a particular animal. Bear = $15, Fox = $10, Deer = $5, Rabbit = $3 and Squirrel = $1.
|North Carolina - Tennesse State Line|
|Breathtaking View of the Smokey Mountains!|
Ah, if only earning money was always so easy!!!
After a wonderful week away, we were ready to return to reality and life in the tropics.