We headed down to Knoxville, TN for a weekend to meet up with my parents who were in town for a conference. Grandma J was on a mission to get as many National Parks Stamps as possible so we jumped right in on her tour.
Highlights: Cumberland Gap cave tour & town walk, Andrew Johnson's house, Gatlinburg hotel pool & slide, ice cream & trolley ride, pancake breakfast, Big South Fork, playing tag, laughs, hugs, snuggles and lots of love.
Cave Entrance. Kids under 5 were not allowed so Mike and I headed in while Grandma & Grandpa got reacquainted with the boys.
Definitely worth the tour, it was a pretty impressive cave.
Time with Grandma & Grandpa.
We sure have missed you!
Axel doesn't miss a dandelion picking opportunity.
Grandpa knows just how to handle this little handful. :)
What happens to a camera after being in a 50 degree cave and then turned on in a hot, humid climate.
Axel teasing Grandma with the keys.
In the olden days...
Andrew Johnson house.
Pool time. (Way more pool photos coming soon!)Trolley ride + ice cream shop = 2+ hours. We had no idea it would take so long but on a busy Saturday night in Gatlinburg, patience is needed! We had fun but had some tired boys by the time we returned to the hotel.
Rare moment of Lucas looking at the camera and actually smiling.
I was trying to show Lucas how cool the taffy mixer was. He didn't care. Thanks Grandpa for humoring me. :)
Water fountain with fire on top.
Ice cream, of course!
Our last stop was the Big South Fork right on the border of KY & TN. The visitor center had a cute paw print sandbox the boys loved.
After driving from Gatlinburg through all the traffic and then having Axel scream the last 30 minutes, we were "all done" with our tour. We said our good byes to Grandma & Grandpa and took a quick dip in the river before heading home. It was a wonderful visit and so nice to spend time together.
We love and miss you Grandma & Grandpa Jakulewicz! Thanks for such a special visit.