Monday, June 8, 2015

Day 9 & 10: Knoxville, Maryville, Gatlinburg, Morristown, Bristol and Home

Well after our night in Chattanooga, we got on the road to Maryville to visit my Aunt and Uncle, along the way we found the Mars factory and distribution center and so we got our picture with Yellow, unfortunately they are not yet open for public tours, but we still don't regret stopping!

Then we headed into the city of Knoxville!  We saw yet another World Fair site and got to visit the Sunsphere (see picture below), which was built for the Knoxville World's Fair in 1982.

The Sunsphere is actually open to the public free of charge, so you can take the elevator up and see the beautiful aerial view of the city.

We also found the World's Largest Rubik's Cube in Knoxville, so that was a fun find and an obvious stopping point.  While in Knoxville, we also checked out the Koxville Chocolate Company and was excited to try out a few varieties (it was AMAZING--check out the sea salt caramel and chocolate covered oreo, you will NOT be disappointed!)

After our afternoon in Knoxville, we headed onto to Aunt Betty and Uncle Allen's house for dinner and for the evening.  It was so great to catch up and to be able to stop in for a visit!

After a wonderful night sleep and breakfast the next day we were on the road again, stopping in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge since CJ had never been before.
But first, let me take an "Elfie" at the Christmas Store in Gatlinburg

CJ's Elfie

We had a great thought that we would pick up sandwiches, drive to the top of the mountain, walk a trail then have a picnic lunch.  Well that was an epic fail cause the weather was Rainy and so we ate in our car half-way up the mountain before turning back around again.

Since we were not able to make it up the mountain in the car, we decided to take the Ober Gatlinburg so CJ could see views from the mountain anyway.  We also got to see some friendly black bears attempting to visit tourists or maybe they were looking for their next meal!

Ober Gatlinburg


Biggest Cookie EVER!
After spending the day in Gatlinburg, we were able to meet up with my friend, Amy for dinner in her town of Morristown, TN on our trek back home!  I FINALLY got to see her house and was able to catch up with her, which was awesome!

We had a nice long dinner and then headed off to our last stop on the trip, Bristol, VA for the night.  The next day we got up and slowly but surely made our way back home to RVA!  It was a fantastic trip with much better food than the last time around and amazing experiences to boot!  Now to start planning the next road trip, do you have any suggestions?

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