Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show

   It’s all part of the panorama of good ol’ Southern fun at the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show in Pigeon Forge. The show is loosely based on an epic feud between two West Virginia and Kentucky-area families that spanned several decades in the 1800s. Feudin' Feastin' Family Fun - that’s the theme of the best show in town - The Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show! Become part of the longest running feud in history and help them Hatfields and McCoys try to settle their differences mountain-style. Whether you’re city-folk or country cuzins, you’ll love the singing and dancing, jaw dropping stunts and side-splitting comedy. There’s something here for everybody! And you’ll enjoy a delicious southern cooked meal.

Show times are 5p.m. and 8 p.m. daily.
Adult tickets cost $49.95, and children’s $19.95 each.
Address: 119 Music Road
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Local: 865-908-7469
Toll Free: 1-800-985-5494 

The front of the Barn

The ambiance of a fun, hillbilly experience starts before you ever enter.
The laundry hanging and outdoor shower.

Albino Rabbit at the front barn

The Elk of Cataloochee Valley

   We’ve been to Great Smoky Mountains National Park several times and recently we decided to join the Smoky Mountain Jeep Club. We’d take a day and see something we hadn’t experienced before. 61 Jeeps hit the dusty trail into North Carolina's Cataloochee Trails to view the majestic Elk herds. The trail ride last for 2 hours, we were not disappointed. The weather was superb, the Elk were active in rut season. It was amazing to see them up close and hear the Big males making noise. And there was a hint of fall color in the beautiful mountain range.

   Indeed the best kept secret in the Smokies! Cataloochee Valley is one of those special places that is not easy to get to, but hard to forget. 

   How to get there: The most direct route into the valley is to take Cove Creek Road. To get to the valley from interstate I-40, exit at North Carolina exit #20 and travel 0.2 miles on route 276. Turn right onto Cove Creek Road and follow the signs 11 miles into the Cataloochee Valley. To get there from Oconaluftee or Cherokee, take the Blue Ridge Parkway to Highway 19. Follow 19 (toward Asheville) through Maggie Valley. Turn left onto Highway 276 N. Just before the entrance ramp to I-40 (but past gas station), turn left and follow the signs 11 more miles to Cataloochee. Using the Cove Creek Road route, motorists will be traveling on a gravel road for approximately 15 minutes.

The Jeep Convoy

We get to see the elk in their own habitat displaying their natural behaviors.

The elk or wapiti is one of the largest species of the Cervidae or deer family in the world, and one of the largest land mammals in North America and Eastern Asia.

Elk Mating Season
A Male Elk

Titanic Museum Pigeon Forge

   The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge was absolutely amazing. The museum is very easy to find and is right on the Parkway strip. It is pretty hard to miss a 22,000 square foot ship! Parking is free and the experience starts right away from the moment you step out of your car. Flying from the light poles are flags representing the many countries that the Titanic passengers were from. And there is beautiful Irish music playing.

   As you walked up to the museum entrance you were greeted by two very friendly employees costumed as a maid and captain. As you entered the museum you will receive tickets, boarding passes and audio tour devices. The boarding passes are really neat. It show departure dates and times, the name, age and country of residence of an actual passenger, the passengers class and brief information about their lives and voyage on-board the Titanic. In the first exhibit there was an employee all dressed up of course that explained how and where the Titanic was built, the route it traveled and where it hit the iceberg. There was a really large map on the wall which had the route marked out.

   After walking through several awesome exhibits, one of which even had a replica 3rd class cabin and a flooding staircase ended up at the beautiful full scale 1 million dollar Grand Staircase. On the starry night deck we got a first hand feel of just how cold the night air was the night the Titanic sank. We got to touch an iceberg, brrrr. And dip our hands in 29 degree salt water. Feeling the coldness of the air and the water really made us all empathize with the passengers that were on board the Titanic as she was sinking. Can you imagine plunging into icy cold water, in the dark?

   It was great experience. Lots of new info about titanic. Felt like i was at the titanic. Sad part is NO PHOTOGRAPHY is allowed in the museum and cellphones must be turned off before entering. Be sure to take time to walk around the outside of the Titanic you can  take lots of pictures outside.  

Museum Info:
2134 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Open all week from 9am - 10pm
Tel #(800) 381-7670
Ticket Price: Adult $25 , Child (age 5-12) $12

Titanic Ship and Iceberg from outside exterior

Side view from the Parking lot
The replica of the Titanic ship


Visiting Canyon De Chelly

   In my life, I have a few places on this planet which will trigger daydreams from me for the rest of my days. Canyon de Chelly is now on this list. This is a really beautiful canyon, a powerful and spiritual place. It seems Arizona has them all. Canyon de Chelly is a true learning experience. You can practically feel the spirits of the Native Americans drifting around you. It is great to imagine what live was like in these ancient quarters. A great place to visit. 

   Canyon de Chelly,(pronounced 'shay') from Tseyi (which is Navajo for "from where the water comes") to Chinle (which is Navajo for "to where the water goes") is a beautiful example of the lands that make the Southwest high desert so amazing. 

Indn Rte 7
Chinle, AZ 86503
Phone number (928) 674-5500  

Beautiful Canyon lots of History
Nearly 5,000 years, people have lived in these canyons - longer than anyone has lived uninterrupted anywhere on the Colorado Plateau.  Their homes and images tell us their stories.
Often overlooked but a true Arizona gem

Petrified Forest National Park

   We are huge lover of nature and we especially love National Parks. The Petrified Forest National Park is a sight to behold. It really isn't so much a forest of trees, but more a forest of tree fossils.  This Park contains one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood,  badlands of the Painted Desert, historic structures, archeological sites, and displays of 225 million year old fossils, this is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. We drove and  spent about 3 hours beholding nature's wonders.  We stopped frequently to take photos of the Native American rock art.  There was a sense of spiritual peacefulness in the absence of noise.  Be sure not to pick up petrified wood as it's bad luck according to the legend. Anyone who takes wood from the park will be cursed.  It's also illegal. This is a must to see.  Remember, this is a desert and it can be dry so bring fluids with you.

Address info:
1 Park Rd
Holbrook, AZ 86025

This petrified wood is mostly from the Late Triassic period, about 225 million years ago. That means some of these trees were around before the time of Dinosaurs.

This petrified wood is mostly from the Late Triassic period, about 225 million years ago. That means some of these trees were around before the time of Dionosuars - See more at: http://www.gonewiththewynns.com/petrified-forest#sthash.v4XY7KdR.dpuf


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