Saturday, February 25, 2006

Greetings from the Smoky Mountains

Wendy's 28th birthday was on Wednesday. We celebrated it that day, but in our normal tradition we also went on a trip to the Smoky Mountains, to Gatlinburg more specifically. Normally we stay at the Fairfield Inn on River Road, but it was sold out so we looked around online and found the Best Western Zodor's Inn . It is on the other side of town but still within walking distance in Gatlinburg.

Normally we like to hike when we are here so we did a fairly easy uphill trail to Laurel Falls.

What you can't see by the second picture is that I sprained my ankle pretty bad and I could hardly hold myself up. The trail wasn't especially rough - I wasn't even tired or anything. The worst part about it was I had to walk the 1.3 miles back down with a sprained ankle. Needless to say, when we finally got back to our hotel it was getting pretty bad. I could hardly walk. We just relaxed in the room for a while and went out to dinner but no more hiking the rest of the trip and my inability to walk stifled what we could do the rest of the day.

The 2nd day i'm a bit better and can walk in my dorky looking shoes. Hiking is still out of the question and with an ankle support wrap and painkillers I think we can at least walk around.

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