Sunday, May 30, 2010

Our Gatlinburg Trip

Here are the pictures from our Mini family vacation to Gatlinburg, TN that we took at the end of April. I finally got around to uploading the pictures. We stayed for 2 nights. We went hiking on a trail in the Smoky Mountains to Laurel Falls. It was a 4 mile hike round trip. The kids did really well and even Mommy & Daddy made it! We even saw a black bear. We were just out in the woods on the hike with no one around us. This isn't a zoo guys! This was a real live bear 30 feet from us. It was rare to see that. After taking a few pictures we decided we'd better continue back on the trail since we had all the kids with us. After heading on we looked behind us and that bear walked right onto the trail we were just on! And get this! A few weeks after we saw that bear we heard about a hiker that got biten by a bear in the Smoky Mountains. There are TONS of trails in there so I never thought it would have been on the very same trail we were hiking on just a few weeks before. To my surprise I found this (click here for the article) news article. Here the hiker bit was on the VERY SAME trail we were on. Kinda freaky since most likely that was the same bear that we saw just a few weeks before. Just glad it wasn't us getting attacked! I don't know what we would have done with all 4 kids there! EEEK!
On our trip we also went to the Ripley's Aquarium the kids loved it there. They have an underwater shark tunnel. It was so neat seeing the sharks from underneath them.
We had a great trip. Here are some pictures from our adventure.

On the way up the Smoky Mountains we stopped to look at the view and get a picture! (the babies were asleep so we let the big kids get out and look)

The whole fam at the waterfall (before our bear encounter)

Here is our friendly bear

by the jelly fish at the aquarium


NanaDiana said...

The bear thing is scary! When we were kids we saw one in the woods that was pretty close to us. My cousin froze and one of the male cousins just picked her up and ran. She was about twice his size and I don't think he could have ever done it except for being so scared! lol Looks like you had a wonderful trip!

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