Thursday, May 24, 2012

Road Trip to TN, Day 3.

This day held so many promises, and the clouds held so much rain! We were scheduled to go zip lining at a really cool place that had six lines, way high off the ground. We really, really, wanted to go. It started to rain on our way there.
 Kind of a bummer.
But a strange and wonderful thing happened! It had stopped by the time we got all geared up! All I have to say about our zip lining experience is that at first we were nervous,  but we had a great time, and by the end we were hanging upside down at times zipping over the canopy.
Very cool experience! IMG 2790 IMG 2793 IMG 2794 IMG 2795 IMG 2797
Look at us go!

Next, we packed up to have lunch at Parrot Mountain. IMG 2809 IMG 2814 IMG 2817 IMG 2818 IMG 2821 IMG 2827 IMG 2841 IMG 2842 IMG 2845 IMG 2866 IMG 2864 IMG 2846 IMG 2847
We made some pretty cute friends that we didn't want to leave!
We  left our new feathered friends behind,  headed to Pigeon Forge, to the Titanic Museum. I could not take photos in there, but it was so interesting. I never knew how much I would enjoy learning about that tragedy as much as I did.
Thank you,  Cath!
; > )
 You could feel an iceberg, learn personal stories, saw beautiful artifacts, and become a different individual from the past. You were given the name of an actual person when you arrived, and you would discover your fate at the end!
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Only Marlin and I survived.
After we got back to our hotel, it was time for a pin trading seminar. Pin trading is an extremely popular activity here at Globals.
 It's a big deal. IMG 2859
We are newbies, and one of the Dads on a well versed DI team gave us some pointers on how not to get had.
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 Then we caravanned off to two different locations to get some real world experience! IMG 2860
Marlin was not a big fan. She enjoys walking around with her friends watching it, but she is not interested in a collection of her own.
 The boys are HOOKED! IMG 2857
They adore pin trading and have become very adept negotiators.
 It's very exciting to see them so engaged. The have met and traded with kids from all over the United States and from China, and South Korea so far. Addy found two teams from Turkey that he chatted with. It's been fun.
We are loving TN so far. IMG 2865
The Globals experience is a whirlwind.
 There is not much down time, but we are experiencing so many "first's" All this expended energy has been very worthwhile. Oh, also, we had our first car accident as a family! ( insert sarcasm)
We are all fine, it wasn't too bad, but we got rear ended. My car will need some work when we get home, but both parties involved are fine, and that is all that matters.
See, another, new experience!


MamaTea said...

Amazing pictures of an amazing experience. What a full life you have!

jenny miller said...

Great family fun! We just back from our beach vacation and we were side-swiped. Thankfully we were not hurt and our rental car sustained no damage. It was our first family accident, too. Thank goodness you all are okay. Here's to smooth sailing the rest of your trip!

Shel said...

What incredible pictures! I really love the one of you zip lining! You are far more daring than me! This truly looks like the journey of a lifetime!