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Note: Flickr recently went through a massive server transition, and portions of the service are still being worked on. Among the problems is that mosaic thumbnails on Collections are not visible, which means my primary page here for showing groupings by year are missing those thumbnails. The links do work—only the thumbnails are missing, so you can still navigate into a year to view those photos.

photos.ALBj.net2019 → Biltmore Estate/Ark Encounter/Dollywood/Hunt Anniversary Vacation, June 18-24, 2019

When Lori's Aunt Earlenne and Uncle Roy announced the year prior of plans for a 50th wedding anniversary/vow renewal/family reunion event, our immediate family began thinking of ways to make the trip a nice extended family vacation. Various stops were discussed before finalizing our itinerary. We knew we wanted to see the Ark Encounter, and that we would likely go to Dollywood at the tail end of the trip. The struggle was deciding where to visit on the front end of the trip. I originally thought to see Cades Cove in Tennessee again after many years. Meg had found a nature area she thought would be fun, but it was nowhere near a suitable route we needed for the reunion. Ultimately, Lori suggested going to Biltmore. Although Lori and the girls had been before, the girls were very young to the point of not remembering much, and I had never visited before—and I hope to one day return and budget to take the extended tours. The whole week of vacation was absolutely splendid. (You'll probably note that even though the primary reason for the trip was the family reunion, this album has no photos from the event. I chose to just sit and enjoy the whole experience. Lori, however, shot plenty of photos, and I can point you to them if you simply ask.)