Tennessee Vacation | Personal

At the end of May, Phil, Becky, Bobby and I headed to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Tennessee for a week of fun and relaxation. We didn’t have a plan other than going to the newly opened Sky Bridge. My family had bets on whether I’d actually walk the bridge…for some reason they have this mistaken idea about me being a big chicken! Please follow along as I take you on some of our adventures and to see if I did make it across the Sky Bridge!

We finally arrived at our cabin in Pigeon Forge in a round about way….I am not blaming anybody but Becky was in charge of directions…… The cabin ended up being only about 5 minutes away from all the attractions in Pigeon Forge. We took a tour of the cabin and then headed out to start exploring!
Our first stop was lunch at Margaritaville at the Island ‘cos “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” right?
It was sooo very hot so and we couldn’t do much walking around in the extreme heat so headed to the air conditioned Sky Wheel after lunch. Poor Phil had to sit this one out because of his motion sickness! But really, you could hardly even tell you were moving!
Late that afternoon…because of the heat….we decided to go to the Sky Bridge. It was quite the adventure getting there. Again, guess who was in charge of directions? I won’t mention any names but THAT person thought it was called the “sky lift” and that is what she put in her GPS. We should have learned after our adventure to the cabin….but no…..we went where no truck was meant to go …up the mountain, on narrow crooked roads…. it was much more scary than the Sky Bridge by far! I finally said, “You did put SKY BRIDGE in the GPS, right?” She said, “Ohhhh that must be the problem, I put in sky lift!” We finally got there with a hour and a half to spare before they closed the bridge! This is the view from the bottom! Once again, Phil had to wait it out at the bottom!
The ride to the top looked pretty daunting, I am not gonna lie. But after we got on and started moving, it wasn’t bad at all. It was a 10 minute ride to the top. As you can see, Becky needs a little help with the selfies!
We made it to the top and Bobby took the lead, not intimidated in the least. I read before we left that they would only allow 500 people on the bridge at one time. To be honest, I didn’t see anybody counting bodies as they entered the bridge!
As you can see we all made it onto the bridge and and to the other side. The middle of the bridge is glass and there had to be alot coaxing on my part to get Becky across the glass! Becky seriously, you’ve got to work on your selfie game! One would think that you are trying not to be in the picture!
This is the view of downtown Gatlinburg from the top of the mountain after you cross the bridge.
Headed back down the mountain to pick up Phil.
On day two, we went to the Titanic Museum and the gigantic Christmas Store. Some of us more than others, wanted to go to the Christmas Store. Phil and Bobby spent a couple of hours in the truck waiting for us….without one complaint I might add!
That afternoon we rode in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and ended up on the top of the mountain at the North Carolina/Tennessee State Line. On the way up the mountain, Becky and I spotted a perfect place to watch the sunset, but we were a good hour and a half away from sunset. So we secretly devised a plan to go on to the top of the mountain and kill some time until we could get back to watch the sunset… Bobby and Phil were ready to head back down the mountain haha. The plan worked like a charm and we made it back to our spot to watch the sun set behind the mountains!
Hatfield and McCoy’s for dinner and a show.
The Old Mill turned out to be one of Phil’s favorite places. We ate dinner there one night and Phil was promised a breakfast there before we left on Saturday, but unfortunately for Phil, that didn’t happen!
While we were at the Old Mill, Becky decided to try some moonshine! Yes, Becky, I’ll admit it…….you were the only one of us brave enough to give it a try…..over, and over, and over, and over and over…….haha! She pretty much had the bartender wrapped around her little finger and he just kept offering her different kinds of moonshine! Of course we never lived down the fact that she was the only one to try it so we crowned her the Official Moonshine Taster!
The next day we drove to Cade’s Cove … an 11 mile one-way loop with historic cabins and churches and a mill area. We were hoping to see bear and elk that day, but……
……this is the only little cub we saw the whole trip!
Becky does much better with the selfie when there is just the two of us!
There were so many little old churches like this. I would love to shoot a wedding there!
Becky took this very creative picture in one of the churches because she knows I love Amazing Grace!
“Let me go first Phil…..I’ll protect you!”
Finally, Phil got to pick what he wanted to do for a day. He chose to eat breakfast at Golden Corral (it WAS Phil’s day…so we had no say…haha)…..and go to Dollywood.
Lunch at Paula Deen’s and and another sky lift to Annakeesta to the top of the mountain! It was a hot, hot day so naturally when Becky and I got to the top we had to have a little refreshment! Becky doesn’t even like beer so I had to finish hers…..hehehe!
Beautiful gardens and gorgeous views at the top!
Headed back to catch up with Bobby and Phil and on to the Dixie Stampede for dinner and a show.
Bobby and I truly had a wonderful week with Phil and Becky. We made lots of memories! I can’t wait until our next adventure! Thank you, Becky and Phil for always letting me tag along with you. Nothing I love to do more!
All photos are Iphone photos taken by Kathy and Becky.
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