Lloyds on the River Country Inn
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The Sleep Inn was simple, newly renovated, and the price was right. Best part - they accommodated my little doggy who hung out in the room while we were at Wonderworks. Was surprised to find out it was super close to Wonderworks, so that worked out in our favor. It would have been a pain to stay in a more central "Pigeon Forge" hotel and have to travel so far when Wonderworks is near the end of the Strip.
... and brought home as a souvenir for his grandfather!).
Back at the cabin, we discovered the internet was still down. The cabin uses satellite so the rain completely disrupted the signal. We didn't have cell signal either so we had no way of checking the weather radar OR calling the boat rental company (where we had made reservations). We sat around for an hour or so ...
... moved over there and found rocks lining the sides where we could climb to reach the shallow sides of the lake.
Sitting on the rocks, the water looked tempting. We had seen someone swimming earlier. Then Thao spotted a rope swing across the lake and convinced me to swim across with her. We were in t-shirts and shorts...but decided to brave it anyway. The water turned out to ...
... to take us out for an hour if we wanted. We were thrilled and quickly got ready.
We had explained Matt was reluctant because the last time we rode, he had an awful time controlling his horse. The owner assured Matt he would ensure he had a great time and gave him a small, gentle horse (Bailey) who behaved perfectly the whole ride. My horse, Dennis, was similarly well behaved. Will was on Patchy who often stopped to eat. Ashley's horse, Pearl, ...
... who had helped Esen.
After we were done, they took our findings to identify them. I appreciated that they sorted each type of stone into different small ziplocks and labelled them. Much more fun for us.
Then, we continued with the gem theme stopping at the Gem Museum in Franklin. Housed in an old jail, it offered a guided tour with free admission and gave all kids 3 polished stones each for free.