Last Monday (New Year’s Eve), James and I headed out for a somewhat last minute vacation to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. This was our first time going anywhere for New Year’s so we were excited!
The trip began in Gatlinburg, and quite a few interesting things happened that night.
1. On our way into Pigeon Forge – the city before Gatlinburg when traveling the way we did – we noticed a Dodge Durango shooting across the road from a restaurant, stopping in the median. The vehicle didn’t really pull out in front of traffic, but the way it darted out so fast caught our attention.
As we neared the vehicle, a man gets out from the passenger side, runs around the SUV, and pops up out of the sloped grassy median to come back across the road on foot. Suddenly, the Durango pops up out of the median right behind him! Luckily, the driver stops because there’s lots of oncoming traffic she would’ve crashed into if she hadn’t. As we drive by, we notice she has her window down and is yelling at the man (her former passenger), who has now made it across the road and is running through a parking lot.
What happened there, we have no clue…but the part we witnessed certainly was strange!
2. We had tickets to a Mentalism/Psychological Illusion show at the Space Needle in Gatlinburg a few hours before the New Year’s Eve party. As the show began, a man sitting in front of us with his 3-5 children (not quite sure how many were actually his children) gets into an argument with one of his kids, who looked about 12 years old. The man proceeds to cuss the kid out though gritted teeth (trying to be discreet, I assume?), calling him names and threatening him like crazy – right in front of us!
The argument only lasted about 45 seconds, and then the man was joking around with the same kid 15 minutes after that altercation. It was quite shocking to hear what was coming out of his mouth to his own child though!
3. After the show, we headed to Mellow Mushroom to hang out for a few before the fireworks and ball drop. On our way out of the restaurant about 30 minutes prior to midnight, we practically walked right into the middle of an ‘almost’ fight between two young girls (early 20′s, I’d guess). Apparently there was a guy that had left one for the other, and the “other” wanted to beat up the former girlfriend.
She was taking shots at the guy in between him (it wasn’t clear if he was the guy they were fighting over), telling him she would beat HIM up if she needed to in order to get to the girl! Another guy stepped in and broke the whole ordeal up before it escalated, so luckily nothing bad happened.
After all of the craziness of New Year’s Eve, we were able to stand in the streets of Gatlinburg, watch the ball drop, and have our awesome New Year’s smooch! The fireworks show was really cool as well!
Did anything interesting happen to you on New Year’s Eve/Day?