Some bonus shots from the night on Broadway:
Our best friend. I mean the whiskey…
Jess’s devilish look wanting ice cream…which we got.
In the morning, Jess and I cleaned up, checked out, and headed for one last stop: Dollywood. Jess just wanted to see it and where it was. We went around the outside a bit then headed back on to 40 east towards Knoxville. I had a game at the Civic Center, then we ditched Knoxville for Smoky Mountain Knife Works so Jess could get something for a friend. Next, we were in Gatlinburg and we decided it is a really awesome ski town! It was swarming with people in the slightly warm weather. We parked and ran into the Smoky Mountain moonshine store where the Moonshiners were setting up a signing! We got 13 free mini shots and bought three jars apiece despite the steep pricing. We wanted to stay, but we photographed some live music before taking off for the mountains. We didn’t want to miss the sunset.
Several switchbacks later, we found ourselves at Newfound Gap and parked on the North Carolina side of the line. We walked back to the state line and crossed the Appalachian Trail. The mountains looked just like the calendars. We climbed up an icy bank to try to see better and farther, stumbling across a snowman labeled “Bob” on the ridge. When we got to the top, the sun started to set in bright pink colors. We skipped and slid back down the ridge and got back in our car, heading to McAllister’s for dinner. We grabbed some Starbucks as we approached the next rink in western Knoxville. I played my game, then we were exhausted, checked in, hung out a little with some teammates on the porch, then went to bed.
Neat hostel decorations.
Nashville Hard Rock.
Cowgirl boots and coffee in the hostel.
TN/NC state line.
Birthday “party” with the team.