Gatlinburg Town Square, Tennessee 3/9/2014

MARCH 9, 2014 (Sunday)

 

Woke up to another sunny and beautiful day. We lazed around most of the morning, watching CBS Sunday morning, reading, drinking tea, and just generally not doing anything.

Around 1:30 PM, we walked down the hill (very close, about 4-5 blocks) to explore. We walked down one side and back the other. We stopped in stores to check them out, looked at some of the activities to do (and there are many), and had lunch at the nearby Shoney’s. They have an all you can eat salad bar/breakfast buffet for $9.99. After lunch we walked down to one of the free moonshine tasting places. We tasted four small glasses. The first one was horrible, but it got better after that. The last one was a mix of moonshine, apple pie spice packet and apple cider. Quite good. 

Outside one of the Ripley's.

Outside one of the Ripley’s.

Entrance to a cupcake place, leave it to Edie to find a cupcake place!

Entrance to a cupcake place, leave it to Edie to find a cupcake place!

We did not indulge today, but I know it is just a matter of time before the siren's call is answered.

We did not indulge today, but I know it is just a matter of time before the siren’s call is answered.

I love all things magnetic, but these were almost all refrigerator magnets, not that interesting.

I love all things magnetic, but these were almost all refrigerator magnets, not that interesting.

Lots of haunted house type attractions.

Lots of haunted house type attractions.

Linner buffet.

Linner buffet.

We walked more after that, shopping more, and then went down to Ole Smoky Mountain Moonshine. They had a group playing on the stage that were really good. They were all dressed up in their overalls and boots. Too fun. We listened to them until they went on break, then we walked into the tasting area and waited for a spot to taste. Could not believe how many samples they give out. I think we tasted fifteen different types of moonshine – regular, tequila flavored, blueberry, pineapple, peach, strawberry, grape, lemon, punch, apple pie, peanut butter and jelly, cherries in moonshine, and others (I guess by that time we were too drunk to remember). Fun and could not believe how much they gave you. You do have to show your ID no matter how old you are. It’s a law in Tennessee we were told.

The first moonshine free sample place.

The first moonshine free sample place.

I was interested in the sign.  It was a big glass place.

I was interested in the sign. It was a big glass place.

$14. per person to go up the hill and climb 500 feet in elevation.  We passed.

$14. per person to go up the hill and climb 500 feet in elevation. We passed.

Entrance to the second moonshine free sample place.

Entrance to the second moonshine free sample place.

Watching entertainers.

Watching entertainers.

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The bass player bragged that he was a dancer, just like the chip n dales, only he belongs to the chunk n dales.

The bass player bragged that he was a dancer, just like the chip n dales, only he belongs to the chunk n dales.

They seriously make the booze here.

They seriously make the booze here.

This place was crowded.

This place was crowded.

Old cars on display.

Old cars on display.

1955 Ford pickup.  I stuck my head in the open window and the smell was so familiar, canvass, painted metal, I don't know, but it took me back to my youth.

1955 Ford pickup. I stuck my head in the open window and the smell was so familiar, canvass, painted metal, I don’t know, but it took me back to my youth.

After that we walked around more, stopped at a pizza place to get Lexi some dinner, stopped at a little store to get a snack for later tonight, and then walked back “home.”

Hollywood star cars.

Hollywood star cars.

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I don't remember this on NCIS.

I don’t remember this on NCIS.

"I haven't been drinking."

“I haven’t been drinking.”

Next year.

Next year.

Lex's dinner.

Lex’s dinner.

We are now in our lovely little home for the evening, waiting for our date with PBS.  That was our day. Hope yours was great!

 

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