Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Rainy Day Fun

Even when it rains and hails you CAN have fun on vacation!  We woke up to dark skies, trees bending in the wind, rain and then hail.  We watched the weather forecast and realized it would be storming off and on ALL day and it did.  It actually hailed three different times throughout the day but it was nothing more than pea size where we located.  Unfortunately, those in Gatlinburg that afternoon had baseball size hail and significant damage to their cars and windows.  Thankfully, we had left Gatlinburg thirty minutes before that hail storm.  God was watching out for us!

Our first destination in between the rain and hail was to the Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg.  This was a very kid friendly, hands on aquarium and we really enjoyed spending the morning here out of the rain.

One of my favorites!
Stingray Bay

Penguin Playhouse

Shark Tank

Our next stop was lunch.  We ate at a delicious gourmet pizza restaurant called Mellow Mushroom.  If you have never been to Mellow Mushroom, you are missing out!  We tried the Philospher's Pizza and Loaded Baked Potato Pizza!  Yummy.
After filling our bellies, we traveled down to an amazing museum called Wonderworks.  We could have spent the whole day here.  The kids (and adults) were entertained the entire time.
The Ceiling
You can do it dad!
Google Earth...looking at Papa and Nana's house

Rock Climbing

Their favorite exhibit was the glow in the dark ropes course.  It was three stories high and they conquered their fears by going all the way to the top!  They loved it so much they did it twice!



Dare to use this restroom...
I tried...It worked!!

The rain moved out of the area by the afternoon so we stopped to ride go-carts on our way back to the cabin.
Claire's first time to drive a go-cart by herself.  I must say she was a safer driver than her dad.
Who says that rain can ruin a vacation??  We made the most of a rainy day and more importantly we made some great memories!!

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