It's about time.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Water Everywhere.

Our Location today is Sevierville, Tennessee, USA.

As mentioned in yesterday’s post we wanted to truly try to do Plan C that we had actually planned on doing this past Friday. Even though the weather was not too promising we managed to get a few things accomplished around the trailer inside and out before having an early lunch. 

We left shortly after 12:00 noon bringing our raincoats with us for extra protection. We also thought that if we had them with us just maybe the rain would hold back. 

Since the Rod Run had officially ended yesterday we figured there would be less traffic on our way through Pigeon Forge. What we didn’t count on were the Die-Hard Street Rod enthusiast that figure they had come to display their cars for two whole days so they were sticking around town one more day. 

We again took our time going through town seeing lots of cars we didn’t the other day. We also saw a lot of people who had brought in Project Cars (Junk) that they had hoped to make some money from. 

Once we’d left town our trip only took fifteen minutes to reach the town of Gatlinburg. We have been here many times as well but today was for something special. After cruising their main street looking for a parking spot we finally found one in a Pay & Display lot not far from our intended attraction. Luckily we had brought the raincoats because the rain had not stopped since we left Pigeon Forge and we had to wait for the traffic light before crossing at this junction type intersection. 

Caught in the act.
Our intended attraction was the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. It was a new attraction last year and the line-ups were huge so we missed it. We were surprised to learn a lot of things that we didn’t know about the different types of sea creatures that help support our oceans. There were learning presentations put on every hour at the different aquariums as well. Walking around under a huge aquarium with sharks swimming all around was quite a different sensation. 
Sea Horse.
A pair of Dragonfish.
We were also able to learn quite a bit about African Penguins who have their own display there. Throughout there were displays where the children could crawl in through a short tunnel and come up in a dome in the middle of the displays and be face to face with some of these creatures and fish. There was also a place where you could simply touch or hold some smaller sized stingrays. 
Blue edged tanks where children come face to face with the fish.
Here you are instructed how to safely hold a Stingray
It took us slightly over three hours to go through this aquarium and we could have stayed much longer but it was past 4:30 and we were getting hungry. It had finally stopped raining while we were inside so we started wandering up Main Street looking for a place to eat. 
This purifies nearly a million gallons of water in 24 hours.

We wanted something lite but different so we went to North China Chinese Restaurant that was located to the rear of a clothing outlet. The place was spotless, the food well done, the service prompt and friendly and very well priced. We shared an order that also came with fried rice and were very satisfied. 

These are African Penguins and live close to the Equator.
When we left the sun was actually shining so we took advantage of it and walked uphill on Main Street for a couple of blocks before crossing the street and walking back downhill to where the truck was parked. 

Back at the trailer the sky was starting to cloud up again. Shortly after the sunset we had to close the door and roof vents again because of the Thunderstorm we are presently having. Vendors we have spoken to in this area cannot believe all the rain this area has gotten lately. 
Kathy with another old friend.
Clouds building again.
We still have plans for tomorrow as there is so much to do in this area. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

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  1. Nice pics of the old cars, great place to pick up a project car too.

  2. Looks like a really cool museum. I love looking at any water creatures.