Reunion in Pigeon Forge, TN travel blog

Trip into ditch on way to Dollywood.

Train ride at Doolywood

Dulcimer player at Dollywood.

ATV rider

ATV rider

View from the bluff

beautiful colors

Cades Cove

Old Mill in Pigeon Forge.

Dazy at the campground.

Fall colors

 


11-2-11 Arkedelphia, AR

Last week was a whirlwind of activities! We got a late start at Dollywood, as our bus driver took a short cut, missed a turn, and we ended up going on a narrow road into a "holler". When he tried to turn around, the right rear tires got stuck in a ditch and we waited for another bus to rescue us. We arrived and discovered that Dollywood has grown and is still growing into a very large park. They are currently building the largest roller coaster in Tennessee. We walked around and did some exploring. There are still a few demonstrations for making stuff--which we enjoyed.

We went to 5 more shows (the Blackwoods were our favorite!), including one breakfast and two dinner shows. We also had three entertainers come to the park. The visit to the Titanic Museum was much more impressive than we thought it would be (and both of our characters were survivors!).

Wednesday we left the park very early and went to Knoxville and a breakfast cruise on the Tennessee River. The food was very good and it was really fun. After that we went to Oak Ridge, the "secret city" in the 40's where the atomic bomb was developed.

Tuesday, we managed to drive our favorite 10 miles of the trip. About 20 of us opted to do an ATV trip. We were in the hills near Pigeon Forge (Bluff Mountain), and rode to the top of it from which we could see Knoxville, into Kentucky, and were just out of sight of Pigeon Forge. We travelled on ungroomed trails with lots of rocks, ups and downs, and even some water and mud. It was great!! One of the guides saw a bear and we all saw wild turkeys. (We each had a Yamaha Grizzly for the ride.)

One of our favorite activities of the reunion was an "RV Boot Camp" for women only. We learned quite a bit and found it not only interesting, but useful.

The Reunion officially ended on Sunday and we chose to do laundry and "chill" the rest of the day. We had learned early that traffic is crazy on the weekends and we decided to stay away from it.

Monday we spent quite a bit of time in Cade's Cove. We saw a very young bear scrambling up a bank and figured Mama was probably quite close, but we didn't see her. We also saw half a dozen deer. The foliage is beautiful and we thoroughly enjoyed our day (which ended at Long John Silver's for fish and hush puppies.

We are now heading west, but have also decided to keep south in hopes of some warmer temperatures. Mostly the daytime temps were in the 60's and the nighttime temps were in the mid-30's. We shall see!!



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