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No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

June 10th, 2013 · No Comments

Hubby and I went on an impromptu adventure recently.

For several months we had been planning a trip to Ohio. Our schedule was to be off from work on a Wednesday and spend the day doing laundry, packing, securing house, etc… get a good night’s sleep and then begin our long drive on Thursday morning. However, by Wednesday afternoon the house was spotless and the bags all packed, and we sat on the couch looking at each other…What do we do now? Fridge is empty, garbage is empty, dishes are all clean and put away, beds all made…Might as well just hit the road!

So to mix it up a bit, instead of taking I-65 up through Nashville, we took I-59 up through Chattanooga. Having never gone this way before, we stopped at a wayside tourist attraction and spent 2 hours meandering through caves and underground waterfalls. SPELUNKING!

We drove through the downtown area, found a wonderful restaurant and ate outside under a beautiful starry night. The tasty drinks weren’t too bad, so we decided to find a hotel and crash. There were two hotels next to each other in Knoxville. The Hampton Inn only had queen beds available for over $100, so we went next door to the Holiday Inn Express where they had king beds available for less than $100. The nice reception girl gave us our room keys and instructed which floor to take the elevator. Arms loaded with suitcases and personal pillows, Hubby slid the keycard into the door lock as I pushed open the hotel room door…the TV was on, the lights were all on and there were shoes lined up by the door…BACK OUT! BACK OUT!

We hauled all of our belongings back down the elevator to the nice reception girl and gave her back the keycards, “That room is already occupied”, I said. She seemed mortified! She quickly gave us new keycards and said she would not charge us for the room at all. BONUS!

We had only planned the expense of 4 nights in a hotel room, which made the free extra night very exciting! But then, as usually happens, Ohioans guilt me into staying another day and therefore, I spent the bonus hotel stay on an additional night in Ohio.

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