After Halloween Comes Christmas?

Two weekends ago, the day after Halloween, Drew and I decided to take a trip to Tennessee. Our plan was to go to Dollywood for the final day of the Autumn Gospel Music Festival. We were so excited (even though when we looked at the weather the high was projected to be a balmy 40 degrees). We woke up early, packed up the car, and set out on our way and drove right into a winter wonderland! It had snowed in the mountains the night before and we started to see it around Asheville and it stayed with us for most of the trip. Unfortunately, most of I-40 was closed due to an accident and the Blue Ridge Parkway was closed as well, so we decided to take a trip to the Cherokee Indian Reservation instead. Drew is 1/8 Cherokee and we thought it would be a cool way to reconnect with his heritage. Due to the weather, most of the town/attractions were closed, but we were able to stop off at the Casino for lunch (we also played one slot machine and I won $5.50!), and see the Cherokee museum, and go on an impromptu hike to check out a waterfall. The museum is  fantastic and I highly recommend it. I learned so much about the hard road that the Cherokee nation has walked and came away with a profound respect for their dedication to their land and their people. I love exploring with Drew and am already looking forward to our next adventure!

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