Yesterday, I talked about the beginning of our Girl’s Trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee here. Today, I’m talking about the last part of our trip.
When we left off, we had just arrived in Gatlinburg, settled in for the night and my friend Bailey got sick.
When we woke up Saturday morning, we were hopeful that she was better, but Courtney quickly told us Bailey had thrown-up many times in the night and was not looking any better. She swears that the chicken wings she ordered at the brewery the day before gave her food poisoning. Bleh!
We made a list of things to get her (saltines, Pedialyte, medicine, etc.) and let her recoup in bed as we headed off to hike. This was the biggest bummer of the trip because I feel like I don’t get to see Bailey often, and now she had to miss out on our limited time together!
We originally wanted to hike to the top of Chimney Tops Mountain, a 3.8 mile hike. However, since the vast fire damage that occurred in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains last year, the trail was still closed. (The fire actually started at the top of Chimney Tops Mountain by two boys, ages 15 & 17, who intentionally went up and dropped lit matches during a no-burn order. They caused over $800 million dollars in damage and there have been at least 14 people killed as a result of the fires.)
We drove around a little further until we spotted another area with several trails. It was starting to drizzle at this point so we picked a shorter hiking trail, one about a mile and a half.
After Maine, I have a newfound appreciation for hiking, and this trail did not disappoint. It was so serene!
My friend Jessica has been having back problems and found this walking stick at the beginning of the trail to use. She was booking it with that thing!
May we all find something we love as much as Jessica loved her walking stick. 😉
The trail was full of the prettiest bridges!
The path that we took ended at a gorgeous little open cave.
After our hike, we headed back to our cabin to clean up before wine tasting!
Love these views from around Gatlinburg!
On this day, we went easy for lunch and just did summer sausage, cheese, crackers, fruit, and dips. That’s my kind of meal!
We drove to the first winery that Courtney had on her list, and we were the only ones in the place. Two older women who worked there basically let us sample every type of wine that they offered. We were wanting a winery with the option to buy a flight, so we drove downtown to test out some other places.
We hit two more wineries downtown. It seemed like most all of the wine we tried was so sweet. It was more like juice! I’m more of a dry wine type of girl.
The final one we went to was on the edge of town, called Sugarland Cellars.
The lady who did our tastings with us was very in-your-face, loud and funny. She gave us extra tastings for free and even gave Jessica and I a small glass of wine for free after the rest of our friends had ordered wine slushies.
That night for dinner, we grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, corn, and veggies.
We ended our night with some intense games of Spoons. (One time in middle school, my friend group broke Lanaya’s coffee table during a game of Spoons. We take it seriously.) At one point during Spoons, half of my body got squished off the chair as everyone was diving for a spoon. I haven’t laughed as hard as I did that night in a long while.
The next morning, Bailey was feeling a little better, and we had to check out of our cabin by 10 a.m. so we got ready and went to brunch.
We weren’t ready to leave Gatlinburg yet, so we ventured around downtown, stopped into some shops and then rode the Sky Lift to get some good ariel views.
After walking around a little more, we decided that we were ready to drive back to Lexington, as we were all pretty tired.
One last picture (with Bailey included) in Gatlinburg!
Once back at Courtney’s apartment, we grabbed dinner at Drake’s and then hung out at the apartment complex pool for awhile.
We ended the night by finishing Moana and playing Pass the Pigs. It’s a lot like Farkle, if you have ever played that, but it is so much funnier as you get points for how the pigs land. It was another night of laughing until my abs hurt.
Booker, Courtney’s dog, wasn’t too amused. 🙂
On Monday, we got up early again to make the drive home.
This time around we were a little quieter, a little more antsy, and much more tired.
I got home Monday night around 5:30 p.m. We made such good time!
While I’m not too anxious to make a drive that long again anytime soon, these girls made the drive fun and bearable.
Good friends like them are hard to find. I love them and already want to plan our next trip!
Hope you have a great day!
Question of the Day: What is your favorite memory with your friends?