|It seems on our vacations Matt always finds some kind of animals to feed!|
|Not your run of the mill Mickey D's...that's for sure!!|
|Does this field look familiar? This is where they filmed the final battle scene in Braveheart!|
|The Interstate going through the property.|
|Largest home in America! Gorgeous too!|
|The entrance to the house, after a 2 mile drive down the driveway.|
|The typical tourist picture! =)|
|Look at these orchids!!|
The flowers were amazing and smelled heavenly! We enjoyed our walk through the garden and then went to see the outside decks/patios of the house:
|View from the back of the house.|
|Matt approved of the "sweet retaining wall"!|
|That's the cantilevered staircase!|
|You can't really tell, but the raised details on this piece were all plated in Gold.|
|View across the courtyard from the roof.|
|Look at all the detail put into this...all hand carved!|
If you ever get a chance to go and see this place, you must! Also, the private tour is worth every penny. You get one on one time with the guide and see so much more of the house that you wouldn't get to see otherwise. It was amazing!
So we finished at exactly noon and ran to the car and headed out for our rafting adventure. I had a voice mail and I checked it and it was the rafting company, our trip had been canceled due to not enough people. BOO! We were trying to work it out to do it the next morning or later that afternoon but it just wasn't going to happen. I was disappointed, because white water rafting in Tennessee was how this vacation got planned. So what did we do? Went to our handy dandy IPHONE and GOOGLED other places to go white water rafting. The first one that popped up I called immediately. Wouldn't you know that she was so sweet, said their trip was a better trip and they had one leaving in an hour and a half and we were an hour drive away. She gave me directions and said they would wait for us! How awesome? All things work out for good...
We were going on the Nalichucky River in North Easter Tennessee now...we made it in time, got our quick lesson and got on the river. For obvious reasons, there are no pictures of this trip. I wish you could have seen it though. We went through 8 miles of Class I-IV rapids and it was AWESOME! I was chunked from the boat twice, and took Matt with me on one trip. We had some bruises from the rocks, but it was worth it. If we hadn't have been swimmers and water inclined, I would have been nervous. You must go! And use USA Rafting out of Erwin, Tennessee. That took about 5 hours and we were starved, we hadn't eaten since McDonald's that morning. So we asked for a good place to eat and we were told Hog 'N Dogs, we were going to try the Carolina's version of Bar-B-Que. We were pleasantly surprised!
|We shared all of this: Bar-B-Que Lasagna, Chopped Beef Sandwich (and the already devoured Bar-B-Que, Slaw Hot Dog).|