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The week before my sisters and I turned 21, my family and I went on a pre-birthday getaway to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Rather than bore you to death with a zillion vacation blog posts, I’m just going to quickly sum it up and focus on two very important activities.
The first night, we got lost on our way to the cabin and ended up in North Carolina. Once we found our way back to G-burg, we discovered our cabin was on the very top of the mountain. Driving up and down the mountain in the dark in a top-heavy minivan (once in the rain!!!) was a terrifying experience that I would never want to repeat. Our cabin was super swanky, but Mamaw hated it because she was afraid someone would come attack us in the middle of the night. Despite all of these difficulties, we lived… and had a pretty fun time.
The whole reason we came to Gatlinburg was to go to the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge. They were displaying the Wallace Hartley violin for the first time in the US before it is sold in a private auction. My sister Brittany is a Titanic expert as well as a violinist and future music educator, so we knew she’d love to see it.
We managed to keep our vacation location a secret from her until we arrived in Gatlinburg. Understandably, she was a bit grumpy because we kept a secret from her, but once we walked into the museum she was overjoyed to be there. In fact, she even corrected some of the tour guides!
The violin was the very last part of the exhibit, and when she walked in the room her face lit up and she began to cry. It was a really magical moment. Unfortunately, cameras weren’t allowed in the museum, but it’s a moment my entire family will remember.