This is a Throwback Thursday cheat of sorts as this only happened back in January. It's also going to be a slightly jumbled mess. Hope you can keep up. :-/
As some may know, I lost my Mema earlier this year and we had to make the trek to North Carolina for the funeral.
The drive was actually really nice with sunny skies and smooth sailing.......a little at odds with the reason for the trip but at least it made the trip a tad enjoyable.
There was snow on the mountains and I tried my best to get shots of them while speeding down the interstate (I was a passenger, so no worries of unsafe cell phone use LOL).
When we came up to "our" welcome center, I had to stop to see it. Thankfully, John understood. We've met my Grandparents at this rest stop for YEARS. It's the halfway point between us and we'd meet there for summer breaks when my brother and I would spend the summer with them and we'd also met there a couple times a year for just a picnic. It was kind of bittersweet; no more picnics, no more swaps. :-(
I was pleasantly surprised to see that the welcome center had gotten a good dusting of snow and I, of course, had to take pictures.
Then I had to see "our" picnic table. The one we ALWAYS sat at.
We didn't stay too long as it was getting late and we needed to get going. It was nice to take a walk through memories but sad too, knowing that we'd never meet Mema and Papa there again.
This video coming up next was of the weirdest traffic intersection I have EVER seen. It twisted you to the
wrong opposite side of the road to a traffic light and then brought you back to the right side. Just bizarre.
I didn't take any pictures while actually at Mema and Papa's. Not much to take pictures of. :-(
Heading home, we wanted to try and make this a slightly fun trip and Gatlinburg wasn't TOO terribly far off our path, so we decided to spend the night.
|$5 set included hat, scarf and mittens b/c they were in|
the system wrong. Win for us! And the cashier is the
one who pointed them out to us! :-)
|Can I just point out how handsome my husband is? :-D|
After spending the day in Gatlinburg, we headed home. It was a nice end to what started out as a crappy week.