A wedding and a day of sight-seeing
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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.
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.
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.