I left the motel that I was staying at for a much less expensive one down the way. We had to take what we could get for last night because this town was PACKED with people. Not only was it a Saturday, but someone said it was also Spring Break.
Since I didn’t venture out much yesterday, I got to see a little more of the town of Gatlinburg on the way back to my new motel. Can you see the snow on the mountain tops in the distance?
When I got to the new motel, I found out I could not check in until 3:00 p.m., nor would they let me leave my backpack in the lobby since they were cleaning.
I walked across the street with my backpack and trekking poles to the NOC Outfitters and killed about 30 minutes. There was a huge fireplace with rocking chairs in front of it. I didn’t want to stay long because my backpack was outside. Businesses don’t normally let you bring your backpacks inside. You have to leave them outside. In hiker-friendly towns, I don’t worry too much, but in a tourist town that is jam-packed with people, I didn’t want to do it.
I opted to sit in the lobby of the hotel waiting for hours, reading all of the coupon brochures and emailing Bud. I finally got stir crazy and started pacing the lobby or just standing. Then I went to the window and stood in front of the heater. It was one of those motel heaters. I guess when I started leaning down to put my cold hands toward the vent, the girl felt sorry for me and found a room that was clean. That was around 2:00. I had been there killing time since 11:00.
The good thing is that as I was looking out the window, I saw a lot of people I knew, one being Savannah. She said they let the shuttles go pick people up and she was able to get a ride to town. I was so relieved! Thank you for your prayers.
I also saw Bear Box and French Toast who didn’t fair as well. They were just coming into town today! They could not get down the mountain. They got to the crossing after the shuttle times and had to hitch. They said they had a hard time getting someone to give them a ride. They also said they had gotten bumped out of the shelter on that rainy, cold night and had to set up their tents in the rain. Special Ed came up about the same time so I was trying to talk to all three at the same time. I hope I have my stories straight.
After I checked into my room, I went to get food. I did ‘carry out’ from Texas Roadhouse. I found a 10% off coupon today while I was browsing the brochures in the lobby, so I guess all of that time was not wasted. I got half of a roasted chicken, a house salad and a baked potato. The servings were huge, and the lady put 4 rolls in my bag. (If you haven’t noticed, we hikers love to talk about food.) It was only $11.00. Cheap, in this tourist trap! I brought it back to my room to eat it.
I know it probably sounds weird, but it’s my favorite thing to bring food back to the motel, turn on Fox News or the Weather Channel and just get comfortable and hunker down! Gatlinburg who?!? Par-tay in the motel room, man! Me and The Weather Channel or my book! What more does a girl need?
Boy did I need this Zero! There is one more day of snow/rain up there in the forecast and I’m taking one more Zero tomorrow. I’m getting kind of antsy to make tracks, but I’m also glad this bubble of people is getting ahead of me. There might be another post on that tomorrow. I’m kind of feeling like I need to have therapy again with you all.
Until next time…