- Windfarms are creepy. I'm all for green energy - but windfarms are super eerie. Sorry, they are. We drove through hundreds upon hundreds (maybe thousands?) of turbines in Indiana and it felt very...otherworldly. They loom over you - hundreds of feet tall - with their giant blades the size of three semi-trucks all spinning slowly in unison, and the whole scene is reminiscent of a sci-fi horror film.
- Pigeon Forge, TN is bizarre. If Vegas and Disneyworld were to have a child, it would be Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. I'm not sure what we expected at the foothills of the Smokey Mountains, but we didn't expect a veritable explosion of "attractions". Want to go to a Hatfield and McCoy dinner show in a venue shaped like a giant, caricature of a smokey mountain hillbilly house? You can! How about a "Titanic Experience" in a giant replica of the ship, iceberg and all, with water dramatically spurting out of it? No problem! You're in real luck if you're a fan of Dolly Parton and roller coasters because Dollyworld Theme Park is here too! If all else fails, you can always hit up Ripley's Believe it Or Not, the Hollywood Wax Museum, the Lumberjack Show or one of their hundred or so mini-golf courses. You won't find anything "authentic", but if you want about a million corny things to do in a square mile, Pigeon Forge is your place.
- The Great Smokey Mountains do not disappoint. Seriously. Purple mountain majesties for sure. We did two short hikes while we were there; one to a waterfall and one to the tippy top of the Smokey's and the drive through the park is just stunning. Isla is a baby who is (thankfully) totally awed and subdued by just about anything outdoors, so she ate all this right up!
- When road tripping with a baby, be prepared to do some seat climbing. My new nickname is "catwoman". I can climb from the front to the back and visa versa like Catherine Zeta Jones between laser beams in the movie Entrapment.
- McDonalds coffee is the worst. Lured by their offer of a free small coffee, we gave the golden arches a shot at being our 'on the road' coffee provider. Blech!! It's no wonder their giving it away. Now instead of thinking about that woman who burned her crotch with scalding hot Micky D's coffee and sued, I will now think of how bad that cup of coffee probably was. Oh well, could be worse I suppose.
Brittany, Scott & Isla