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{Pancake Pantry}

Breaking protocol and posting some digital photos from our 2018 Smoky Mountain vacation! I shoot film when I travel, and that goes for when I go on vacation to the Smoky Mountains with my family. However, I take a digital camera for one portion of our trip: the aquarium. My brother-in-law loves aquariums and ocean life. The walls in his office and covered with photos I’ve taken at aquariums we visit. He’s been asked where he bought his wall art from, and the answer is: it’s MY work!

But why am I talking about the aquarium but posting photos of breakfast? Because the day we went o the Ripley’s Aquarium, we dined at the Pancake Pantry nearby. For people who have never visited the Pigeon Forge area, there are pancake restaurants EVERYWHERE. Seriously. We have never eaten at one before though! The wait times can be really long, and we just do the frugalĀ thing by eating breakfast at the hotel (usually involving a hostile takeover of the waffle making station!) I was so pleased we had the chance go to Pancake Pantry in downtown Gatlinburg. I had my digital camera with me, and the lens I’d just gotten was perfect for some pretty food photography šŸ™‚ The restaurant had a warm atmosphere, and I was happy we had been seated near windows that gave me nice lighting for photos.

Sony A6000 + Sigma 30mm f/2.8 DN art lens


(Maybe I’ll post some of the aquarium picstures next?)

{Oh Smoky Mountains}

Here’s a story for you:

My family and I had a little vacation in Gatlinburg, Tennessee/The Smoky Mountains in September 2016. I took only film with me, waited awhile before I sent it away to be developed, and got a surprise once the film arrived at the photo lab: the package had been damaged in transit, and two rolls of film had gone missing. I was gutted. I knew at least one of those rolls was the primary roll I’d shot while we were in the Smokies. There would be nothing I could do to recover those photos. Thankfully, once I got my film scans back, I found that my secondary roll of film hadn’t been lost after all. Basically the first couple of days of our trip were on the film that was lost (as well as photos from the rest of the vacation,) but at least I also have some Instax Mini photos to share from those first two days!

Fannie Farkles Family Fun Parlor, downtown Gatlinburg

We can never get enough No Way Jose’s Mexican food while in G’burg!

In the Village Shops in Gatlinburg – was surprised to see a British red phone box here, as I’d just been photographing them in London a few weeks earlier šŸ˜‰

We went to The Apple Barn sooooo many times on this trip!Ā 

There was some sort of Harley Davidson meet-up at our motel that weekend

“Homemade Wine,” downtown Gatlinburg

Ripley’s Believe it or Not Odditorium and the Gatlinburg Space Needle

Gatlinburg Space Needle and Arcade

This is a cannibalĀ pumpkin at Dollywood.Ā 

50s-themed area in Dollywood called Jukebox Junction

EPIC eagle sculpture near the Wild Eagle rollercoaster

Red’s Diner

Inside Red’s DinerĀ 

I LOVE THIS SO MUCH – Rockin’ Roadway, Jukebox Junction

Metal sunflower sculptureĀ 

Rides in the County Fair section at Dollywood

Smoky Mountain Cat HouseĀ 

Our drive through Smoky Mountains National Park, on our way to Cherokee, North CarolinaĀ 

On our way back from Cherokee, we stopped at Mountain Farm Museum in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

I made my brother-in-law pose for this photo

Pinhole photo at the Farm MuseumĀ 

Chicken at the Farm MuseumĀ 

Crazy overexposed photo of the chicken

Delicious ice cream shop in downtown Gatlinburg

Light fixture made of spoon’s at Maypops

Caramelcorn, downtown Gatlinburg

Ripley’s Believe it or Not Odditorium

Ah, good ole Fisherman Cove (the area of our hotel in Gatlinburg where our room was located)

Bear sculpture in the parking lot of our motel

One last pit stop at the Apple Barn before driving back to Mississippi

Truck stop on our way back to Mississippi

These photos came to mean even more to me because, a couple of months after we were in the Smokies, there were devastating fires which reeked havoc on theĀ area. I don’t yet how the landscape will have changed since I was last there, but I am so thankful for our time in that beautiful part of our country. We also found out that the motel we’d stayed in for our 2015 and 2016 Gatlinburg vacations had torn down so they could build a resort hotel there, so things will definitely be different for us next time we visit the area!

Photos taken with my Pentax Espio Mini, Fuji Instax Mini 90, and Lomography Diana F+


Ā Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Samsung NX300Ā ā€¢ Samsung 30mm f/2 pancake lens