I’ll never forget that day in 6th grade!  We were all in the gym for the international festival and I was hanging tough with my country, which was Italy AKA THE BOOT!  It was an early release day for me.  My parents were coming to get me so we could start our vacation.  Where were we headed?  GATLINBURG!

Look, at that age I was a little more into Pigeon Forge than I was G-Burg but that was because PF had go-carts and bungee jumping!  Plus HUCK FINNS!  The first place I ever had gator tail.  Also, speaking of bungee, it was the first and only time I’ve been bungee jumping.  I yelled “DAN CORTEZ” as I launched off the pad.  Why?  Because I was in 6th grade and was a really big nerd and thought Cortez (From MTV) was cool with his extreme sports stunts.

Now, almost 20 years since I’ve been there, the popular destination in Tennessee looks like the pictures below.  #PrayersForGatlinburg






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