Heading Back South to Tennessee

Trip Start Jun 01, 2014
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Trip End Jun 13, 2014


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What I did
Home of the Original Kentucky Fried Chicken, Cumberland Falls, Bush Bean Museum, Pigeon Forge

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Friday, June 6, 2014

We woke up to a beautiful 65 degrees this morning in Kentucky. After a quick free breakfast at Comfort Inn we headed south to Gatlinburg.  Of course, I had done my research and scheduled some detours.  The first stop was in Corbin, Kentucky where we went to the very first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant.  There was a small museum of pictures and old kitchen utensils, etc. but they actually still had rooms set up like the kitchen, café, and Colonel Sanders office.   The
first restaurant opened its doors in 1932. 

After a couple of pics we took another detour to Cumberland Falls which is located in Kentucky in the Daniel Boone Forest. Up until this time, I had seen beautiful homes and horse ranches in Kentucky.  I
had made the comment that I thought Kentucky was a poor state but I had not witnessed that until we hit some of the back roads.  Then when we went to the Falls I have to admit I saw several pairs of overalls and some missing teeth – Hey I’m not being mean… I’m just saying….  Anyway, back to the Falls.  They are called the Niagara Falls of the South.  And since I have never been to Niagara Falls  I can easily say these are the largest waterfalls I have ever seen.  It was definitely worth the detour.  And did I mention they even had a rainbow going across it?  Can’t see a rainbow without thinking of God and seeing it in this environment only made me
appreciate his world so much more.

Next stop – SEC School #5 – University of Tennessee.  It seems every university’s football stadium is undergoing construction and this one was no exception.  We were having a difficult time getting to the stadium and ended up accidentally crossing the Tennessee River.  We took a back road to turn around and that is when we discovered we had a perfect view of the stadium from across the river.  We pulled into an apartment complex and there was a paved path right on the river.  We set up our tripod and we were in business

At this point we were starving but I knew exactly where I wanted to eat.  I had read that the Bush
Bean Factory had a museum and a restaurant so off we went on another detour to Dandridge, Tennessee.  There we encountered the nicest folks who are extremely proud of their Bush Beans.  We watched a 20 minute video on the history of Bush Beans and how they are canned etc. It was actually very entertaining.   We then went to the restaurant where they brought us an appetizer of…. Beans.  The menu thankfully had more of a variety but if you ordered a meal with sides you could choose between baked beans, pinto beans, black beans… well you get the idea.  For dessert we ordered a Pinto Bean Pecan Pie.  Mike loved it!  I took one bite and could taste the sweet pinto beans.  Yuck! 

Next we drove to Gatlinburg. We drove through the town of Seiverville which is the home of Dolly Parton.  There is a statue in the town square of her but we missed it.  We were tired of detours at this point and did not want to look for it.  We came upon Pigeon Forge next.  Now I had read/heard/seen pictures of Pigeon Forge but nothing could prepare me for the klitchy town.  The main drag was wall to wall mini golfs, arcades, wax museums, Ripleys Believe it or Nots, restaurants, candy stores, tilting houses, castles, dinner theatres…. It is a kids paradise.  It reminded me of the scene in Pinochio when he went to Pleasure Island. 

Then as abruptly as it started we were back in the forest on our way to Gatlinburg.  Now Gatlinburg is also definitely a tourist town.  But it leans more toward shops.  However, we
walked part of the drag tonight and I was creeped out by some horror shops, mazes, and another Ripleys.  I loved all the restaurants to choose from though.  Tonight we had pretzels and funnel cake. Hey!  We are on vacation!
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