Monday, July 21, 2008

Rocky Top you'll always be Home Sweet Home to me...

Have you ever wondered why the song Rocky Top has that name? The Rocky Mountains are in the west, and the song is written about the Smoky Mountains, right? hmmmm, my family, for generations and generations is from East Tennessee, and I've always wondered that....

Well, needless to say I've spent many a' weekends in Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg, but I've never felt the desire to spend a vacation there until this year. With minimal cash I begin to look for an economical solution for a very much needed vacation, and I found it right out my back door! Thankfully we had a great time!

Charlie & I left for Gatlinburg on Wednesday about 5pm. It usually only takes about an hour to get there from our house, but it didn't even seem like it took that long. That was the best hour Charlie & I have spent together in a long time. It was a great time to reconnect. Once we checked into our hotel room, which was very nice for the price. We decided to walk the town! Charlie loves to walk, me not so much! We walked and walked and walked and walked....you get my point. It was a lot of fun, but I was extremely tired by the time we got back to our hotel room. Thursday we were still by ourselves, and we spent the day looking over the town. Thursday night we ate at The Peddler. I remember as a child my parents going there for special occasions, but I'd never been. My parents always said it was an expensive restaurant and they couldn't afford to take the entire troupe of children! It was very expensive, but worth it. Charlie thoroughly enjoyed his meal. I enjoyed my meal too much. I ate so much that I was sick the entire night. We walked back to our hotel down River Rd. The night before Charlie had been trying to show me all the trout that was in the river, but I just couldn't see them. Well, they stocked the river on Thursday morning, and Thursday night you could see thousands of little trout. We spent about an hour just watching the river and the fish. I remember as a child going to Gatlinburg and seeing all the "old" people standing looking over the river. I remember thinking there are so many fun things to do why are you wasting your time just looking at the river?!?!? Well, I must be "old" now! I had fun just looking at the river and watching the schools of fish. I think I forgot to mention that our hotel terrace was about 100ft from the river. It was very peaceful, and beautiful. Thursday night or should I say Friday morning, anyway at Midnight between Thursday the 3rd and Friday the 4th, Gatlinburg has a parade. It was a very special tribute to all the armed forces. The parade lasted about an hour. It made you remember why we celebrate the 4th and those that are fighting for our freedom.

Well, Friday the peace was over! We drove to Knoxville to pick up the kids. Just kidding. I should actually say the fun began! Our kids are just like us. They are full of life, and exciting. They love adventure, and trying new things. ....and yes, they love to eat! We had a plan for the restaurants we had to eat at before the weekend was over. On Friday night we ate at Bubba Gumps, on Saturday night we ate at the Dixie Stampede, and on Sunday we ate at Johnny Carino's then on the way home on Monday we ate at Tony Gore's Barbecue! I'm surprised that after our vacation we didn't all gain 50lbs, but all that walking must have paid off because none of us gained a pound! Friday night after going to Bubba Gumps we sat right outside our room and watched the fireworks. We spent Saturday at the pool, then Sunday we walked, and walked and walked some more!!! Beth just had to go in all the little stores, and shops. Then we spent a couple of hours in an arcade playing pool, and ice hockey together. As we walked back towards the hotel we stopped several times to listen to the 'Tunes and Tales'. In my pictures you'll see the different groups and their interesting instruments. It was entertaining, and it took you back to a time when families sat on their front porches and spent time together 'singing and pickin' At least that is what my family did. There was even a lady that sat by the road quilting, and teaching the kids how to quilt as they walked by. Very laid back trip, except for all that walking....

By the time Monday morning rolled around we were all so tired that we couldn't wait to get home. Good thing home was only about an hour away!

Sorry it took me so long to post, I hope you all enjoy the pictures!

2 comments:

Mari said...

I'm glad you had a good time. We were there for our honeymoon and went as a family about 7 years ago. Great memories! It's such a beautiful area.

Valerie said...

It is about time! I have been waiting on this post. I love Gatlinburg. Me & Randy have our special places to eat too. We are old too. We love to look at the river and plants. I am so glad you all had a great time.