Our last New Year’s Eve was an unusual one to say the least. I’ll tell you more - we almost died!
So... I was adamant about seeing snow for the holidays, so I booked a little cabin in the woods in North Carolina, not far from Smokey Mountains.
We spent the most of the day in the national park enjoying breathtaking views while freezing our butts.
Since I was pregnant, partying was out of question so I wanted a quiet night in the cabin by the fireplace but it didn’t turn out this way. So after spending more time than necessary admiring icicles, we headed to Gatlinburg in 2 cars ( Johnny’s parents booked a hotel near our cabin last min) which was about an hour from our accommodation.
After finding a parking spot and picking a nice restaurant, we came to a realization that Johnny locked the keys in the car! We called a couple of locksmiths with no luck, mind you it started to snow and was extremely cold, especially for my Floridian-Brazilian hubby. Kind people recommended that we called the police, so this awesome cop showed up in 15 min and unlocked the car while Johnny and I were warming up in the back of the police car like a pair of criminals.
After this hiccup was resolved we met up with the rest of the family for a nice dinner and walked around this charming town. It was getting colder and colder and we were getting tired, so the decision was made to drive back to the cabin and have a toast there.
The gps showed that the road through the mountains we took was closed due to the snow storm (and there were no hotel rooms in Gatlinburg available)so we had to go around that should have taken like 2.5 hrs.
We started the trip and at one point the gps signal was lost, so I guess it was when we made a wrong turn. As we were driving we noticed more and more snow on the ground. Then we saw a sign saying “do not turn here, gps is wrong” mmm ok. After a while we realized that we were going up the mountain ( closed toad) in the heavy snow on almost naked tires in a pitch dark. It was scary but not as scary as going down and slipping once in a while on a winding mountain road. It was terrifying actually ... to be continued in the comment