No bears as yet, but the journal entries that guests write for this chalet usually say, "We didn't see a bear until the last day of vacation, and then we saw a mama and three cubs at the top of the hill. "Where is the top of the hill?" I asked. My housemates said, "We are the top of the hill." So glad I didn't bring Zoe, also known as "Bear Snack Kibble."
You would not believe the hairpin turns to get up here.
This morning we had pancakes at one of the 2500 pancake houses within a two-mile radius, served by a guy who must moonlight in one of the local dinner theatres because for someone just serving meals, he sure put on a show, complete with a point and wink at each customer. Bet that earns some big tips.
Speaking of theatre, my 21 year old daughter is completely enthralled with the cheesy shows advertised all over the place. Her favorite is the Jesus one, with a cast that looks completely Swedish and a neon billboard that shows the Lord in an ascending stance with the captions, "He's ready!"
After breakfast, went to Ripley's Aquarium, which was not lame. I liked watching sharks and other sea monsters swim over my head. I thought I got some great shark teeth pics, but I seem to have a plethora of shark buttocks shots. Those boogers are fast.
Later I sat down to write on my She Speaks project, but something happened (TV--The riveting "Nanny 911") and I didn't get to it. Ugh!
Then we drove a far piece *NOTE: That's Southern for "quite a ways"* to a river for the kids to swim in. Or was it a "crick." It was dirty and cold and rocky, and I sat in the car and did a cross word puzzle. Good thing I didn't stay behind and actually work on the She Speaks project because I thrive on regret. It's so satisfying.
So today's diet consisted of: multi-grain and nut pancakes for breakfast, a large fruit plate including a small cup of sorbet for lunch, pretzels and dip from "All Sauced Up," an ice cream cone from McDonald's, some trail mix, and dinner is yet to be wolfed down.
By the way, did you know there is actually a Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English?