We had a nice, slow weekend. Yesterday we went down to Venice Beach, but unfortunately the algae Coccolithophores was in bloom, which turns the water into a milky/turquoise soup with 0 visibility, so no snorkeling. But it was lovely and warm, so we had a few relaxing hours in the surf and on the sand. At least we found 9 fossilized shark teeth, really good once too!
Our beach day was wrapped up with a tropical lunch at Sharky's, of course.
I have quite a lot of work to do, but I think I will take today off to clean and do laundry. I need to go trough all the clothes to see what we are bringing to DC on Thursday.
Now our 5-day stay in the Smoky Mountains is all set. If you remember last Thanksgiving, we stayed in the south end of the same mountain ridge, known as the Blue Ridge mountains.
This time we will stay in Gatlinburg, on the Tennessee side. I found us a cabin with an awesome view. Our visit should coincide with the height of the fall foliage show!
The cabin is also equipped to the nines with cozy fireplaces, great decks with wonderful views, outdoor hot tub, indoor jacuzzi, sauna and our own, indoor pool (!).
Add to that a home theater system with lots of DVDs, bot a Playstation 2 and an Xbox 360, plus a game room with a pool table, air hockey and other things, there might be a risk we don't want to leave!
We are making a list of things we want to do, but so far we decided to go horseback riding in the mountains and go on a zip line through the tree tops. And lots of hiking, of course!
But for now, our focus is our imminent vacation in the DC. We have planned it our pretty well, and have tickets at the ready for most the things we want to do (that you can get tickets to).
We have even squeezed in a guided ghost tour one night! Should be a great trip...
Have a wonderful day, all!