A couple tourist days in the Pigeon Forge area AND our new Dulcimer!!

The last couple days here in the Pigeon Forge area have just been touristy stuff.

On Thursday  we spent the day going through the huge outlet mall in Pigeon Forge and had a great lunch at the Old Mill Restaurant and then walked around the park where people were already setting up chairs for the concert in the park and the fireworks display. The Gatling Brothers were among the entertainers.

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After that we headed home and I hooked up our new water softener. In earlier blogs I mentioned we had talked about getting one and knowing we were going to be staying put in Pigeon Forge for 8 days I figured it was a great time to have one shipped. As well as a new batch of Happy Camper and our mail.

From there we just chilled, chatted with some fellow campers and waited until the fireworks went off at 10 at which time we were able to have a peek a boo show through the tree’s. Heck that’s more than we have seen in the last few years so we were content not fighting the crowds.

Friday we took a drive to a small community called Morning Mist Village where there are 25 shops where local talent display there wares as well as other things.

We were darn lucky that we drove out to Morning Mist Village when we did because on the way back we could see through the trees that there were 3 miles of 2 lane traffic crawling at MAYBE 1 or 2 mph working there way to Gatlinburg. We have been told that during the summer months it is not uncommon to experience a 2 hour drive just to make the 4 mile journey between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

We know one thing. If we ever decide to come back to this area we will camp out in Townsend or in the Wears Valley and just drive into town if we want to experience the crowds and then go back home where it is a more peaceful and kicked back feeling. We would not stay in the Pigeon Forge area again unless it was between Nov. and March when we are told it is much much calmer. This crowd stuff is just not us.

I will admit that I have handled the traffic much better than I would have a year ago. Another good side effect of our more kicked back life style I guess.

LOL!!! I just put this in here because I like the idea behind this sign.

LOL!!! I just put this in here because I like the idea behind this sign.

Then we headed back out to Townsend. There was a Life is good shop that Diane wanted to visit. While there we talked with the shop owner Bob. Bob and his wife Kelley moved to Townsend 3 years ago from Florida and are enjoying the more kicked back life style.

Bob also plays in a Reggae band called Trinity 7.  The band does gigs over in Jamaica on a regular basis and on his last trip over they played on stage with the Wailers. For those of you that don’t know,, the Wailers were the back up band for Bob Marley.

After Life is Good we were only a mile from Mike Clemmer’s shop,, Wood N Strings, so we headed back over. And to my surprise Mike poked his head out of his workshop into the display area. It didn’t take long before I had Mike in a conversation and we chatted for some time. He also took us back into his work shop and showed us what he was currently working on. What a unsuspected treat.

Ok,, OK,,, and we bought a dulcimer LOL!!! I knew back when we were so intrigued in Alabama that we would. It was just a matter of when.

I imagine you will find me like this a lot unless Diane takes it from me!!

I imagine you will find me like this a lot unless Diane takes it from me!!

This is a all walnut dulcimer made here in the general area. Good ole USA made!!

This is a all walnut dulcimer made here in the general area. Good ole USA made!!

Then we headed home where,,,  yep you guessed it,,, we played the dulcimer for most of the remaining evening.

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