Camping — Day 2: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Our first full day in Tennessee was spent mostly in Gatlinburg, where we explored the huge aquarium, rode the trolley around town and filled a bag with candy at Ripley’s Candy Factory.  Violet had so much fun, she fell asleep on the trolley and I got a good, long snuggle with her while she leaned against me and snoozed.

I loved that.

Enough talk!  Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day.  (Dave told me to put all 66 pictures in this post, but I have narrowed it down to 12.)

Violet loved “driving” the General Lee outside of Cooter’s Place — The Dukes of Hazard Museum.

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

I have a lot of photos of the back of Violet’s head, because she wanted to look at the fish — not pose for pictures!

Can you find the seahorses?

Needless to say, Violet loved picking out candy at the candy store. We now have a jellybean junkie on our hands.


In retrospect, Dave and I both agree that we should have skipped the trolley ride and just stayed in the aquarium all day.  When it was time to leave, Violet said she wanted to see more.  When we told her we had seen it all (which, oops, we hadn’t after all) she said, “I want to see it again.”

Live and learn.  Next time we visit Gatlinburg, I am sure we will visit the aquarium again and this time we will make a day of it.  It truly is a wonderful place!

Coming up: Great Smoky Mountains National Park — Clingman’s Dome      (to be continued…)


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