More of the Smokies
Trip Start May 03, 2005
27Trip End Ongoing
SAT - We went horseback riding at Davie Crokett stables. We had wanted the Smokey Mt Stables because they go inside the Nat'l Forest but we went the wrong way on Rt 321 and by the time we realized our mistake, it was too late to turn back so we stopped in a gas station for directions and found one close to where we were. I had a horse named Pat and John rode on Samson. It was a nice ride through forest and field
John likes more citified things so after riding we went to town and saw a car show. Lots to drool over there. He bought a new straw hat too - mighty dashing. Dinner was at the Alabama restaurant which is located right next to Louise Mandrells Theater. They had a much smaller menu and no Alabama Moonshine like the last one, but it was a nice dinner. The waitress even gave us a 10% discount on an expired coupon. The highlight of the day was Louise's concert. Two hours of nonstop entertainment with lots of costume changes. It was a variety style with a large band and singers and dancers. We got our picture taken with her and bought a DVD of the nights performance which I plan to share. Digital is wonderful. They had the DVD's 15 minutes after the end of the show. I was surprised by her frequent references to God and praising Him - singing some hymns. She thanked all the vets in the audience and talked about being a greeter at the morning worship service that she opens her theater up to every Sunday.
SUN - Sunday started with Mass at Holy Cross. It was the 1st time I had seen Mass delayed while 2 bus loads of physically and mentally challenged people from St Louis found seats
John and I have been amazed by the cheap motel prices we see advertised in this town and on the way home I actually saw a motel with rooms for $15.50/night
MON - This was a special day because we were able to spend the whole day at Cades Cove. This time going to every building on the tour. We took lots of pictures! John said he'd been to more churches in one day than in his whole lifetime :-). I walked his legs off. Cable Mill was my favorite one. It is still working using nothing but water power and has real wooden gears running the thing. They are greased with cow fat!
TU - We drove 2 1/2 hours back to Monterey to close the deal on the 5 acres. They sure do things differently up here. It was a simple transaction done through a window in a lawyers office. No one ever asked John for identification. The owner took a check and then we went over to the Registers Office and changed the deed. After that John and I walked the perimeter of the property to find the survey markers. We satisfied ourselves that they're all there and were pleased that we didn't get any ticks this time. Of course that could be because we used deet this time. See, I really am trainable. We will have to go back in the fall when all the leaves clear out to get a better lay of the land but we have a pretty good idea of where the driveway should go.