Since our knowledge of Knoxville is limited, we took Grandma T to the Clark Center Beach, out in Oak Ridge. We love this little man made beach, even though the sand is quite coarse, it is still a lot of fun to play at and spend an afternoon.
The kids, Grandma T and myself made a fort, as Tyson called it. We even had a mote around the whole thing in case robbers came to over throw it. (Tyson has a good imagination)
I had just recently found out that you could actually go up in the Sphere and see all over Knoxville. It was really cool, but the elevator ride was the most entertaining. It took the elevator about 5 minutes before it came to the ground level to let us in. There was a lady and her two kids also in the elevator with us. The elevator starts to go up but it does so in such a slow motion, and we could hear such awful scraping noises that I was a little bit nervous if we would make it. Well.....that other lady in there with us started to FREAK OUT! She started to hyperventilate and started ranting about how we were going to fall or the elevator was going to break down and we would be stuck. About this point I was ready to slap the woman and knock her back into reality, but luckily the elevator came to a stop and the doors opened. We all filed out quickly, except for the lady. When she saw how high up she was in the sphere, she again freaked out and yelled at her children to get back in the elevator. The kids protested and I was just smiling. What did she expect to see when those doors opened up? Did she not realize that she was going up, up and up into the ball? GEEZ...some people.We had a great time up in the Sun Sphere, looking out over the vast area of Knoxville and learning more about her history.