Fall Break 2013 was a nerd extravaganza with Houston, Hannah, Dad, and Chris and Nate Harris. We spent the first day making new friends at The Farm in Summertown, TN. We’ve been buying products from their Healthy Eating Catalog for years, and decided to pay a visit to this commune-turned-land-trust of eco-friendly, sustainable living types. We spent a few hours touring around the property with our tour guide Lisa.
We were fortunate to be able to use a friend’s cabin on top of a mountain off of Wears Valley Rd between Townsend and Sevierville. The property backs up to the Smoky Mountains, and the park was closed this year due to the budget stand-off in Washington. We had a great time in the cabin–made a nice campfire one night, took in the amazing scenery, etc.
We spent Day 2 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge learning about Tennessee’s involvement in nuclear technologies. We also visited y-12, which has a small visitor’s center that details more about uranium enrichment practices used in Oak Ridge. We blew off some steam afterwards playing goofy golf, where Chris and I absolutely blistered two of the courses, shooting 5/3 and 5/7 under par. Here’s a tip–on any golf course, including putt putt, if your score is more than three but less than five, DO NOT YELL YOUR SCORE.
Day 3 was just pure fun–Dollywood. Our favorite rides were the Mystery Mine and the Wild Eagle. Wild Eagle was closed most of the day because of…..bees. Yes, bees. They have a swarm of bees at the top of the hill, and frequently have to shut the ride down in warm weather. We really enjoyed people watching, a full day of rides, and we of course picked up some new airbrush….