A wedding and a day of sight-seeing

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Ripley's Aquarium

We woke up and dressed for the wedding.  The Chapel in the Glen where Jennifer and Simon were married was beautiful.  It was tucked out away from the bustle of the city and had beautiful indoor and outdoor settings.  The ceremony was brief but touching.

 

As a bit of a surprise, Jennifer and Simon announced that we were to join them for lunch at Ripley’s Aquarium.  They had reserved a private gathering room for the occasion.

 

The aquarium was one of the most fun places I’ve been in a long time.  We went straight to the private room where we had an EXCELLENT meal of appetizers, salad, steak, vegetable, baked potato (they salted the skin ��" YUM!  I love that!), and pie.

Ripley's Aquarium
  We also had wedding cake.  Jennifer and Simon’s table was near Stingray Bay where stingrays and sharks of all sizes swam by.  It made a really awesome backdrop.  Once a diver who was feeding the rays came over to the window with a congratulations sign for the new happy couple.  That was sure a neat touch.

 

After eating and socializing, we all went through the aquarium.  I can’t recommend it enough.  Even if you don’t have kids, it’s an absolutely amazing place.  The displays are laid out nicely and the exhibits were never overly crowded, although it was quite busy.  Dan and I spent about 4 hours there and probably still didn’t see quite everything.  I would go back in a heartbeat!

 

Dan and I then spent the rest of the afternoon in downtown Gatlinburg.

Ripley's Aquarium - Private gathering room
  We basically walked up one side of the main street for a few miles, then back down the other side.  We stopped into shops that interested us and rode the sky lift (About $25 after tickets, tax, and a couple waters at the top).  It was a beautiful, sunny day.

 

We even adopted a new pet Haggis and named him Haggy.  (If you are unfamiliar with the rare species “Haggis” buy most any Scotsman a few pints and they will be more than happy to take you on a Haggis-hunt.  Having Scottish heritage, I was able to find one unassisted this time and he seemed quite happy to come home with us.  He’s quite loveable and loves to travel.  I’m sure he’ll be making appearances in all my travels from now on…)

 

At suppertime, Dan and I found “No Way Jose’s” and had an EXCELLENT meal.  Our food was wonderful and the beer was cold.  What more could you ask for after a long and hot day?  I would highly recommend Jose’s for either a full meal, or sitting out on the tequila patio for a drink (or two, or three…).  Prices were very reasonable with meals ranging from $8 to $15, most imported beer at $4, and tequila shots starting around $3.

 

We then went back to our cabin, then up to Jennifer and Simon’s place for beer and cards.  It was a late but very fun night to top off a near-perfect day.

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Ripleys Aquarium
Ripley's Aquarium
Ripleys Aquarium
Ripley's Aquarium
Ripleys Aquarium - Private gather…
Ripley's Aquarium - Private gathe…
Ripleys Aquarium - Private gather…
Ripley's Aquarium - Private gathe…
Ripleys Aquarium - Private gather…
Ripley's Aquarium - Private gathe…
Ripleys Aquarium - Private gather…
Ripley's Aquarium - Private gathe…
Ripleys Aquarium - Private gather…
Ripley's Aquarium - Private gathe…
Surprise!
Surprise!
Stingrays
Stingrays
From the banquet room in Ripleys
From the banquet room in Ripley's
A diver feeds the rays and sharks
A diver feeds the rays and sharks
From the private banquet room
From the private banquet room
This was so cool.
This was so cool.
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walkway (half moving sidewalk) in…
walkway (half moving sidewalk) in …
walkway (half moving sidewalk) in…
walkway (half moving sidewalk) in …
walkway (half moving sidewalk) in…
walkway (half moving sidewalk) in …
walkway (half moving sidewalk) in…
walkway (half moving sidewalk) in …
walkway (half moving sidewalk) in…
Very evil looking barracuda
Very evil looking barracuda
This one would eat your face if he…
This one would eat your face if h…
Little stream behind the main stre…
Little stream behind the main str…
Chairlift ride
Chairlift ride
Chairlift ride
Chairlift ride
from the Chairlift ride
from the Chairlift ride
from the Chairlift ride
from the Chairlift ride
At the top of the chairlift ride
At the top of the chairlift ride
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Looking down on the city from the…
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Breathtaking scenery from the top…
Breathtaking scenery from the top …
Breathtaking scenery from the top…
Breathtaking scenery from the top …
Breathtaking scenery from the top…
Breathtaking scenery from the top …
Breathtaking scenery from the top…
Breathtaking scenery from the top …
Breathtaking scenery from the top…
Breathtaking scenery from the top …
Breathtaking scenery from the top…
Us at the top!
Us at the top!
going down
going down
Self portrait fromt he chairlift
Self portrait fromt he chairlift
Little stream behind the main stre…
Little stream behind the main str…
Little stream behind the main stre…
Little stream behind the main str…
Little stream behind the main stre…
Little stream behind the main str…
coming back in from our chairlift …
coming back in from our chairlift…
Putt-putt on the side of a mountain
Putt-putt on the side of a mountain
Putt-putt on the side of a mountain
Putt-putt on the side of a mountain
in one of the little shopping cent…
in one of the little shopping cen…
I wanted to see a black bear... th…
I wanted to see a black bear... t…
Leave it up to us to find a place …
Leave it up to us to find a place…
Leave it up to us to find a place …
Leave it up to us to find a place…
yum
yum
Joses
Jose's
yum
yum
This looks like a lot of our vacat…
This looks like a lot of our vaca…
Neat light at Joses
Neat light at Jose's
Joses
Jose's
Joses
Jose's
Downtown traffic
Downtown traffic
Downtown traffic
Downtown traffic
The chair lift turned on lights.
The chair lift turned on lights.
a snail
a snail
Haggy settles in for the night.
Haggy settles in for the night.
Haggy looks out over the deck.  BE…
Haggy looks out over the deck. B…
Scenes from our cabin
Scenes from our cabin
Scenes from our cabin
Scenes from our cabin
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