We booked Wilderness at the Smokies for the first weekend of break. It was awesome. We all loved the indoor and outdoor waterparks. The kids made out like bandits from the arcade. But the most memorable part was the surf rider. The kids loved it, Jared loved it (I think) and I laughed until I cried and decided not to give it a try. We made Jared go first and I’m so glad we did! That thing is intense. He jumped on the board like a pro and was living it up, arms out, feeling the waves, until. . . his wiener popped out. I kid you not. He caught a big wave and it slung him like a rag doll up to the top where he rolled and tumbled. All I saw was his naked butt as he stood up pulling his trunks up as fast as he could. I’m videoing all of this by the way. He is laughing as he walks down to where I am sitting and leans in and says “My wiener popped out!” We laughed until we cried. That is when I decided it would be best if I did not give it a try. I prefer to keep all of my stuff from “popping out”, thanks. That was the one and only time Jared surfed. The kids did it several times and thought it was awesome. All of their stuff stayed in their pants.

After all of that excitement we drove Newfound Gap Road to enjoy the gorgeous views and hiked Clingmans Dome. It is the highest peak in Tennessee and smelled like Christmas. The pine trees that lined the trail were so fragrant and we were basically walking through the clouds. It was awesome!

On the way home we stopped in downtown Knoxville, TN, to walk around the park and go up in the Sunsphere.

Wilderness at the Smokies





Newfound Gap Road and Clingmans Dome

Knoxville, TN



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