Thursday, April 20, 2006

Gone To Aunt Bug's

Time for a little R&R. Wendy and I are taking a long weekend, driving down to the Smoky Mountains near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Staying at Aunt Bug's.

I found Aunt Bug's cabins on the internet. They were not included in the numerous lodging brochures we received in the mail. But I found the name intriguing. It's like advertising yourself as Swampbog Billy's Trailer Park. Or Skeeter Creek Campground.

It's reverse psychology at work. They must be reputable, profitable lodging or else they would have gone out of business long ago. We'll see. I'll report back. But I'll be out of internet contact for a bit first.

This is mine and Wendy's third trip to the Smoky Mountains, the first without kids. When we made our first trip, Greg was seven, Scott four. At Dollywood, they argued over who would occupy the front seat of this one ride.

A costumed young lass employee saw the ruckus, came over and asked them both sweetly, "Are you kin?" They froze with this puzzled look that said, "We're not in Michigan anymore." That was all it took, though. The boys settled down and rode peacefully together.

The last time we vacationed in Tennessee, the boys were both teenagers, but still showed their sibling rivalry. The four of us toured Mysterious Mansion in Gatlinburg during a late night thunderstorm.

Greg led most of the way and arrived at this second floor balcony. The balcony was rigged to tip, giving those standing there the feeling that they were going to topple to the floor below. Greg braced himself awkwardly.

Then, realizing the prank, Greg grabbed his brother and tried to physically drag him to the balcony so Scott too could experience the fear of falling Greg did. Scott fought him off, however.

No fighting this time. Unless Wendy and I fight over which radio station to listen to.


Blogger bornfool said...

CK and I are planning another trip to Gatlinburg this fall. It's a lot closer drive for us though. Have fun, my friend.

9:50 AM  
Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

Have a good time, Cracker. Don't drift over into Iowa. Too many mumps going down over there.

Don't forget the pix.

11:19 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

Have a great trip!

6:00 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Couples need trips alone....There are just times when the kids need to stay home. I hope you enjoy your trip. Take pictures and tell us about the mountains.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Hi Dave, hope you enjoy the trip, say hi to Dolly for me.

3:26 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Enjoy the R&R... we'll keep an eye on things until you get back! ;-)

6:52 AM  
Anonymous bonnie said...

Where's the harm in a little ruckus between kith and kin?

Just let your better half decide on the radio station, Dave. Unless Wendy likes country music. If that's the case - See ya, wouldn't wanna be ya!

Have a great trip!

8:44 AM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Have a great trip. PS. save yourself from arguments by saying two simple words "Yes Dear". ;)

9:07 AM  
Blogger Me said...

I'm so jealous. You wouldn't believe the hills that pass for mountains around here!

5:29 PM  
Anonymous schnoodlepooh said...

"not in Michigan anymore" - good one! Yeah, that happens sometimes. Good luck with Aunt Bug.

9:38 AM  
Blogger poopie said...

Definitely "not in Michigan" any more y'all ;) Wave at me when you leave the state!

12:03 PM  
Blogger WordWhiz said...

I used to live near there before moving to Tennessee. I lived in a town called Maryville, which has since become a relatively large suburb of Knoxville. Here's to no fighting on the way!! Have fun!

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Terri said...

Hoping you had a great weekend away in such a pretty area.
I'm awaiting details....humor included.

7:14 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

I have been to that Mansion in Gatlinburg. You know the hardest part for us was trying to find our way out of that silly room, They ended up coming and showing us because we were holding everything up! But that balcony almost made me pee in my pants!

9:59 AM  

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