Driving to the Smokies

Trip Start Jun 06, 2009
Trip End Jun 20, 2009

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Days Inn

Flag of United States  , Tennessee
Thursday, June 11, 2009

Earlyish start from the Holiday Inn for their light brekkie (in comparison to others we have had) and then on the road for the long drive.
Stopped off at Best buy for a camera for Carl and Nicole and then it was a longish drive to head to Sevierville via North Carolina, and quite a few rounds of the lyrics game (boys beat the girls) and had about 9 hours on the road before getting to the days inn for 2 nights of accomm.  Headed to dinner at the Apple Barn (or something like that anyway) for some good old country cooking and Cortney our hostess found it absolutely thrilling that y'all come to Tennessee.  And thought that Carl sounded like Steve Irwin.  After dinner we headed off for some mini-golf challenge where the holder pairing evened up the competition by giving the Harding-Wakefield pairing a bit of a hammering.

12/6 - Early start, quick brekkie at the hotel and then driving on up to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a walk.  On the way up the hill we saw a little black bear forraging for berries and bugs and we parked next to him for about 5 minutes, he came up to about 3 metres from the car.  We then did a 2.7mile walk up to Rainbow Falls (700m elevation) which was very nice - heaps of trees around meant that the views werent really there but the hike was really nice. Took about 3 hour round trip for the 5.4mile return trip.  Popped home for a quick shower and then it was time to hit DOLLYWOOD.  WHich wasnt quite what you might expect....it was basically a big theme park catering to the hillbillies (as I overheard in the park).  There were quite a few rides and we ended up doing about 8 rides - roller coasters, log flumes, water war etc. etc. and then we went through Dollys museum and tour bus (old one).  Found out a couple of interesting things:
1. dolly is one loaded woman (apart from the obvious loaded)
2. When you can't bring the rollercoaster bar down you are too fat (fulla behind us)
3. It would be fair to say that there were quite a few of his buddies there, America is one fat country - there were a large amount of large people there, possibly not held by the fact that there were about 150 little people movers for those too lazy to walk around.
We finished about 8 and then headed for Bennetts BBQ House and it was good (8 outta 10) and then back for the 2 more rounds of free mini golf rounds (the harding-wakefield pairing took them out, for a couple more rounds of icecreams) and headed for home.
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