2022-02-08 SMA Road Trip Day 2: Making it (almost) to the Mountains ⛰

We’ve spent a lot of time in the car at this point. On Monday morning I woke with a serious hangover but time waits for no SugarCookie so we had to scoot out of Nashville and on down the road to the mountains. The Smokey Mountains to be exact. 

Before we left town we drove up and down Broadway. We sort of decided that Nashville is just not for us. If I were a country music fan or a serious live music fan, then maybe, but we were not sad to leave Bobby and the town behind. 

We really only had a short distance to go to get to our destination but the drive seemed to take forever. Road construction caused several slowdowns and there really wasn’t a lot of scenery that was noteworthy. I could feel the terrain getting a little more hilly as we got closer to the target, but it’s nothing like the Rockeys. When you see the Rockeys rise up in the distance before you, majestic and shrouded in haze, there’s a tingle of excitement that buzzes inside. There wasn’t any of that here. 

Our goal on this day was to make it to our Airbnb before the sunset as the house is situated on the top of a hill and touts amazing 360-degree views all around the valley. We thought we had plenty of time, but somehow as we got close, the meandering road kept getting longer and longer. 

We also stopped in a nearby town to get some groceries and that delayed us as well. Needless to say, we made it by the skin of our teeth. Just in time for a sunset shadow selfie.

There was one swath of clouds in the sky and when the sun finally dipped below a distant hilltop, the best snaps were of that cloud, as it turned from white to pink, to orange.

We stayed out there for a while, as the sky grew dark, just to see if there would be any particular magic in the after-sunset, as there often is at home in Nebraska.

After that, we scoped out the rest of the house which is probably the most unique house I’ve ever stayed at. It’s circular, which is strange, and the kitchen, dining area, living room, and master bedroom all connect and there are no walls, just windows from floor to ceiling. It’s pretty Wowza. There’s a great big open hearth in the middle of the structure with a giant vent that goes up two stores through the vaulted ceiling.

There’s a tight spiral staircase that has 34 steps that also goes up that distance to a rooftop platform. The platform itself stretches from one end of the roof to the other. It really is the perfect place to see the sunset, and also the stars after it gets dark (though it’s still pretty chilly here and I did not want to stay up there long).

It was a quiet evening as we settled into our home away from home.

That’s it for Day 2. Tomorrow we might even get to see the Smokey Mountains. 😉

Until then,

~Miss SugarCookie

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