When we got there, the hotel was nothing like the photos online. I was a bit peeved to say the least. Thankfully the room was clean even if the rest of the hotel was a dump. We spent 99% of our time out and about anyway, so it worked out, but I'll never go back there again and I left a realist review and photos on trip advisor so that no one else ends up in the same situation.
Pigeon Forge is about a 3 hour drive from here, we made it into the area around 10 am. Check in at the hotel wasn't until 3 pm. So we shopped around at Knife Works and Outdoor World before getting an early check-in. Please excuse the crappy cell photo photos. I had my big camera with me but didn't feel like lugging the thing around.
|Michael and the boys at Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World|
|Dalton trying on a mask at Knife Works.|
|Dalt was not interested in having his picture taken after he found out he couldn't get inside the plane.|
|That's Bai on the end. He was riding Barnstormer.|
|Michael and I with Dalton sneaking in. At the end of a very long day at Dollywood.|
We all had fun, but made a unanimous decision that next year we are going somewhere besides Gatlinburg/Pigeon forge for vacation. We've done it all and want something new. Maybe we will go to Outer Banks, North Carolina and just lay around on the beach.
Friday (day 167) I spent the entire day unpacking and catching up on laundry. Saturday (day 168) we spent most of the day driving around to vendor malls, antique shops, yard sales, flea markets, etc. We just like to get out and see what we can find. Later in the evening we went to Michael's parents house and spent a few hours with them. We went to see his Granny too but she was taking a nap.
Yesterday was Sunday, and Father's Day. We spent the entire day at my parents house. I had bought two buckets (not sure of the size) of new 'taters at the flea market. So I peeled them Saturday night and Mom made new 'taters and gravy for us along with the big Sunday meal. It was delicious. Dad loves them. It was the perfect Father's Day gift for him. He ate and ate and ate. That being said, if you know my Dad, you know that isn't his normal behavior. He told me multiple times he loved them. It made it worth peeling those itty bitty 'taters til my fingers cramped.
|Michael, Bai, and Dalton on Father's Day|
|My Daddy with Bai and Dalton. They don't have a serious bone in their bodies.|
|Michael and I.|
|Michael, Dalton, and I. The look on Ds face cracks me up.|
|Daddy and I.|