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Last week I took a vacation with my son. I hadn’t done so in quite a while, and I started to think about how much I missed them. I then begin to realize how important family vacations are as our time in Gatlinburg passed by. See I work from home. Even though I am home with my son all day, I do very little with him. I have to work to support us, and most of our time together is spent in separate rooms.
Vacation forced me to stop working, which made my time with my son so much more special. We went out to eat together, and we did things I knew he enjoyed. Most importantly, we spent time together. With how fast he is growing, I am thankful for that time.
Our vacation started on a Thursday. We drove nine hours to be there and stayed at the Best Western in Pigeon Forge, just outside of Gatlinburg. I promise this Best Western is much nicer than it looks.
Our first night we walked through the actual town itself.
The main road drives through a little strip of adorable stores. We walked through this place called the village.
My son was obsessed with this snowman.
The next day we hiked through the smokies a little. The first trail we did was Clingmans Dome.
This was a hard one for my son because of the steep incline. We took many stops.
The next day we drove through Cades Cove. These photos were taken during our drive.
We stopped to take a look at a few of the houses too.
Here we stopped at a little village.
This is the photo of the one bear we got to see.
Unfortunately, my son was asleep during this time, but it proved to be for the best later. He really wanted to pet the bears.
One the last day we went to the aquarium and did the Titanic museum. This proved to be the best part of the trip for me. At the door, they give you a little split of paper with information about one of the passengers. At the end of the museum, you get to see if that person lived or die. I became very invested in my person by the end.
Family trips are so important to the bonding we do with our children. Vacations are a time that memories are made that our children will remember for the rest of their lives. I can’t always afford to take my son on a vacation, but when I can I treasure them.