Recently, my son said that his girlfriend had rented a cottage in Tennessee that was large enough to sleep 18 people, and we were invited to come along for the long week-end. We were packed in a heartbeat…ready for a road trip after the winter months, and knew the weather would be pretty heading South of where we live.
There were many activities planned each day, and it was a whirlwind week-end. While there, my hubby tires easily and had a busy week at work before the trip so he didn’t go on many of the activites. I decided I would drive him up to the top of the mountain, and it would also be a great photo opportunity. He had never been to Gatlinburg to visit nor had he been up on the mountain.
While we were driving to Tennessee and also up the mountain, it took me back many years in my mind. When I married my husband, he was a musician who traveled on the road. I was only 17 and he was 19 when we married. Being young, it was quite an adventure. The trip that week-end brought me back to how we use to have our clothes packed in the back seat of the car, as that was our home, and to how young and different we were then.
We have traveled 46 years together since those days, and life has taken us in many directions. We were so young, and thought we knew what it was all about. Were we in for some surprises along the way. We only traveled those first few years before we settled down to raise a family. We have stayed in the same place for the past 30 plus years. My hubby gave up being a traveling musician, worked a job, but we did have a family band that lasted until our youngest was about 16 (that’s another story in itself).
That day driving to Tennessee though it was kind of nice to also travel back in my mind and remember those young, carefree days. If we could only have the insight that we have today, would our life be the same as it is now, would we make different decisions or mistakes.
Reminiscing can sometimes be fun when your traveling up a mountain on a sun-shiny day, and you’re still together and life seems good.
(pics from the mountain at the bottom of the page) enjoy!! and stop back and visit me often.
4 thoughts on “Up To The Mountain”
Thanks for visiting and the comments on my post. @Anonymous MoM…going to NC will be an adventure as you say. My daughter and I traveled there when she was about 12. Just we two went and we had a great time. While there is when we visited Chimney Rock near Asheville, I think, and climbed to the top or nearly the top. We had a great time. My son was living there at the time, but we stayed in motels.
The times I have taken road trips with the kids I tell them to look at it like an adventure. I'm planning to drive to NC this summer with the youngest 4. I don't like driving all that way with no other adult but I just have to find a way to see my Mother before she gets any worse. BTW…it's me MOM but I can't figure out how to pick one the options.
I always thought it would be fun to stay at a mountain cabin sometime, maybe some day. Who knows?
There is such a carefree feeling to be on the road. Life seems so full of possibilities.