Thursday, September 14, 2006

Smoky Mountain Vacation '06 - Ripley's Aquarium

And the Smoky Mountain Vacation '06 continues...

Our next stop was the Ripley's Aquarium.

We had already been to Clingman's Dome and were anxious to do more things, so we opted for the Ripley's Aquarium. From the brochure, it said it would take 4 hours to get through it all. Not! We did it in an hour or less! I'm not sure whether the $20 was worth it, but we did get some awesome pictures. Here's what it looked like on the inside. The picture doesn't do it justice.

It was awesome inside. You got on this conveyer belt thingee and it took you all around this huge glassed in rooms. The sea creatures were actually swimming not only beside you, but on top of you. This was a cool picture of a shark over top my head...

This picture doesn't do this crab justice. If you could see it in person, that sucker was HUGE. I'd say it was about 3 feet across.

And finally, a cool as shit picture of a huge jellyfish. Awesome, awesome.

Well, that's about it. After the aquarium, we bought a couple of pizzas and went back to the cabin. As it was the last night, we cried mercilessly. We didn't want to leave it.

Tomorrow, I'll post pictures of the Natural Bridge if I can find some decent enough. We just didn't want our vacation to end. Wouldn't it be nice if our lives was one perpetual vacation?


  1. Yep - we never spend as much time in an attraction as they say. So glad you had such a great time! It's fun just reading about it.

  2. So, there was a salt water aquarium in Tennesee? That is kind of like the one I found in the Biosphere II in the Arizona desert north of Tucson. Although yours looks bigger.

    Nice photos. Does your photo management software offer shadow brightening? If so, you might try that on the first one. If not, just try lightening the image as I am sure it will do that. You may also need to fiddle a bit with the contrast control. Just be sure to do this work on a copy of the original so you always have the original untouched. Give it a try and see what happens.

    I quote you here, "We just didn't want our vacation to end. Wouldn't it be nice if our lives was one perpetual vacation?" One perpetual vacation is kind of what being retired is like. See, you can look forward to it!


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