Sunday, May 15, 2011



I cannot fathom having another vacation as bomb diggity as this one. Seriously, folks, my heart is all a'flutter at how puppies, and rainbows, and unicorns this vacation was.


We went to Gatlinburg, TN where we rented a cabin and proceeded to have the best time known to mankind. It felt like we were there a month because of the scenery alone. We kept saying how we didn't even need to do any of the touristy stuff around town because being in such a gorgeous cabin, in such a gorgeous location, was enough! But, us LaMays did up Gatlinburg in every touristy way possible, minus the black socks and Birkenstocks.

I'm relaxed just thinking about the vacation, but I'll try to write more....


Not only was the incredible change of scenery enough, but the cabin was fully equipped. We loaded up a cooler full of enough stuff to get us through the week and never looked back. Ya know how, sometimes, you go on vacation and your eating habits go to the crapper because of limited options? Well, I froze a dinner to take with us (for those interested, beef tamale pie loaded up with squash, cauliflower, tomato, zucchini and whatever other veggies I could find!) and brought a load of blueberry pancakes so that we kept things cheap AND healthy. HOLLA! I love that, even on vacation, we were able to keep our rule of a fruit with breakfast and a veggie with dinner!

I'd like to give a shout-out to the little boy we made that kicks aces: We drove about 9 hours, total, and the kid? COMPLETE. DREAM. He slept about an hour and a half each way and otherwise stared at the window, read his Spongebob book, or played with us. I was a wee bit nervous that he'd get bored, but we stopped about half way through on each drive to stretch our legs and grab something to eat (Cracker Barrel, FTW!), so it worked out mucho perfecto!

The chickies will appreciate this: I wore a hat and a bathing suit the whole time. No doing hair. No underwires. It was epic.

Anywho, here are more pics than you'd ever care to see!

Our launch!

My favorite part

zonked out.

Had to wake up to do his calisthenics, obviously

The view from the second story of our cabin!

Our cabin!
I know!


Oh yes.

In a booster seat for the first time!!

Pumped about our first day of festivities!

So, we were about to visit the Ripley's museum and were starving out of our mind. After a brief consideration of the fact that I may start gnawing on my love's arm if he didn't feed me soon, we came upon this restaurant and knew that heading back to the cabin for lunch wasn't happenin'!

The Ripley's people are just faboosh! We got park-hopper tickets, which allow us to go to any of the 8 Ripley's museums for the next year-as many times as we want, for $32 TOTAL with our military discount. Normally? $154 value!!!

Even before we got to Dollywood, Gary wouldn't stop talking about funnel cake. You could swear it was his last meal ;-) Homeboy cracks me up!

I only had one bite. I spent all vacation in a bathing suit...c'mon now! ;-)

Hating life.

ZIP LINING!!!!!!!!!!!

You guys, listen to this! When I was planning the vacation, shortly before hubaroonie got home, I was told there was zip lining in the area. Naturally, I thought 'I MUST DO THIS'. So, we went about our sightseeing and knew that we'd try to hit it up towards the end of the trip. Turns out, the only type of zip lining available were tours. So, I couldn't just zip line from A to B and be done with it; I had to go down a mountain. I'll wait while you read that sentence one more time, for emphasis....

We picked a zip line place, at random, and I totally chickened out. It wasn't at all what I expected. So, naturally, I ask Gary to go first. We couldn't go together because of the nugget, so I had to gather my cajones by watching him go first. He got done and was my turn....

I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They drive you up the mountain to your first station. The guy that drives you up the mountain does so in a Jurassic Park-type jeep, with no doors and [earmuffs for the children] HE DROVE LIKE A FUCKING MAD MAN. Gary and I both said we were more sure we'd die from the drive up there, on the littletiny dirt path than from the actual zooming through the air part.

We survived :-)

It was the biggest. rush. ever. You zip line from station to station, we had 5, because if you went from the first to the last, you'd easily go 60 mph. We only got up to a cool 40 mph. FORTY MILES PER HOUR. MID AIR. Whiskey tango foxtrot were we thinking?! Oh, right....that I want to be the coolest mama evah!

One of the greatest experiences of my life! OK, I keep talking about me...I don't mean to! Gary had an incredible time, too! At our last real vacay, as opposed to simple getaway, we went to Jamaica and swam with dolphins. I LOVE that we're racking up these experiences!

When you zip line, you're standing on a platform and you basically just step off. Two instructors go up there with you and they jumped off, or hung upside down, or bounced on the way down...ya know, no biggie....

Stepping off the platform was crazyawesome. It's like 'Oh, shit....HERE I GOOOOO'. You're zipping past branches and leaves and hundred year old trees. INCREDIBLE. There's nothing like it. I'd hop off a platform right now if I could!

The hard part is stepping off the first platform. But, I did that, and got to the second station where the second instructor was waiting, and told him I was sure that I was the best zip-liner ever because I JUST STEPPED OFF A PLATFORM and zoomed zipped through the forest. He said he'd have to get me a yellow 'guide' shirt ;-)

The views were amazing. The guides were amazeballs. The experience was unforgettable. This so needs to be a MasterCard commercial!

Gary was so proud of me, so we had to take a picture of how full of adrenaline we were after such a feat!

Finally, on our way home. After the best trip ever. What's really amazing is that, I think, a lot of how amazingness of the trip had to do with Jake. We're at a point in our lives where we're planning things for our kid(s). We're going to be able to take them places and surprise them with things and, most importantly, see things through their eyes. Unforgettable.

Gary and his sunglasses. His pimp-aviators broke, shocker since they were such high quality..., and it was uber bright outside while we were driving. Cracker Barrel supplied these gems :-)

GRRRRREAT trip! It was great to play pool when Jake went to sleep downstairs. It was great to wake up, look out our windows, which were floor-to-ceiling, just fyi!, see our beautiful surroundings and have these wild experiences.

It's all about the company :-)


Erin said...

So glad you had a blast!

Minivan Mama said...

Yay for your awesome vacation!