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  • Day15

    Gatlinburg & The Smoky Mountains

    April 12 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    What a weird and wonderful place 😂 We had no idea we were arriving in Tennessee’s very own version of Ingoldmells 🍻 Found a place for Ben to watch the Liverpool game, and made some friends sampling thirteen different types of moonshine! Totally worth the hangover 😂Read more

    Marianne Chambers

    Oh my lord🙈🙈🙈🙈❤️🤪

    4/15/22Reply
    Marianne Chambers

    Nice to see Ben playing xxx

    4/22/22Reply
     
  • Day5

    Gatlinburg

    March 2 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    Mittagspause am "Blue River"😊
    Wasserfälle unterwegs🤭
    In der Hoffnung, einen Bären oder Elch in der freien Natur zu erleben, sind wir den "Cades Cove Scenic Loop gefahren. Keinen Bären, aber schöne Landschaftsszenen erlebt.
    Wir haben uns ein Zimmer mit Blick auf den "Little River" besorgt. Mit 1-2 Gläschen Wein haben wir den herrlichenTag Revue passieren lassen. Uns geht es soooo gut👍😊
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    Unsereweltimsucher

    Ihr habt ja so recht! 👍

    3/2/22Reply
     
  • Day32

    The Great Smoky Mountains

    September 7, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Natur, Natur, Natur! In den Great Smoky Mountains gibt es davon sehr viel! Herrlich!
    Die Fahrt dorthin war bereits toll. Echtes Road Trip Feeling. 🚗⛰
    Am Rande des kleinen Ortes Gatlinburg nächtigten wir in einer simplen aber komfortablen Lodge, um von dort aus zu wandern.
    Wir wählten für den ersten Tag den "Brushy Mountain Trail", der zwar einen guten Aufstieg bedeutete, dafür aber auch als Belohnung eine tolle Aussicht versprach. Mit genügend Wasser und Proviant ausgestattet, stapften wir motiviert los... 🏞 Je höher wir wanderten, desto kühler wurde es- wie angenehm! Der kleine Wasserfall war zudem erfrischend.
    Nach einigen weiteren Meilen kamen uns zwei Dudes entgegen, die erzählten, sie hätten ein paar hundert Yards weiter oben Bären gesehen. Der Eine, der einen großen Ast in der Hand hielt, schien besorgt, der Andere nicht.
    Wir entschieden uns weiterzugehen.
    Nach wenigen Minuten kam uns ein aufgeregtes Pärchen entgegen. Sie hätten ein Bärenjunges gesehen-mitten auf dem Wanderweg. Dieses sei erschrocken weggelaufen, woraufhin seine Mutti sich zügig näherte. Die beiden waren ein Stück gerannt und erholten sich von dem Schreck
    Sie waren nun uneinig, ob sie nicht umkehren sollten. Wir ebenso. Da kamen die nächsten beiden Wanderer. Mutig geworden durch die 6er-Gruppengröße und unwillens so kurz vor dem Ziel aufzugeben, wagten wir gemeinsam- lärmend und mit Ästen und Steinen in den Händen- den weiteren Aufstieg.
    Die Bären schienen weitergegangen zu sein. Nils und ich gingen an Position 4 und 5 als die Vorhut plötzlich rief: "She's coming down the tree!" Zuvor hatten wir gelesen, dass man, wenn man einen Bären trifft auf keinen Fall rennen soll. Doch nun rannten wir!!! Den steinigen Pfad hinab.
    Puh, das war nochmal glimpflich ausgegangen.
    Später am Abend wollten wir uns noch ein Eis holen. 400m? Das machen wir (entgegen amerikanischer Sitte) doch zu Fuß!
    Tap, tap, tap.... Waaaaas? Da ist ein Bär! Auf unserer Straßenseite, etwa 70m entfernt. Also zurück und doch mit dem Auto. Als wir an der Stelle vorbeifuhren, lief der Bär gerade über die Straße.
    Was für ein Tag!
    Am nächsten Tag folgte eine weniger aufregende, aber ebenfalls schöne Wanderung zu den Chimney Tops.
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    WorldwideMari

    Das ist der Chimney Top.

    9/16/21Reply

    🐻 [Tante Bi]

    9/16/21Reply
    Doc Holliday a.D.

    cave ursum ❗⚠️

    9/16/21Reply
     
  • Day6

    Varm og hård dag

    June 23 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Dennis havde sovet fantastisk - måske fordi vi havde hver vores seng😂 Jeg sover virkelig dårligt - ikke nok med jeg selv kæmper med min egen temperatur (overgangsalder) så funger Air con her med at værelset stille og roligt bliver varmere og varmere også begynder Air con og det larmer og SÅ bliver der koldt🥶 og stille og roligt så varmt igen🥵 Samtidig med jeg selv får hedegag😡 så jeg sover ca. en halv time af gangen😖 jeg har stillet på Air con og håber den kører roligt i nat.
    Nåh op og afsted - vi vandrede afsted, men indså at vi skule køre i bil op til et sted. Så 4 km. “Spildt” afsted igen i bil. Og så en vild vandretur på 12 km😅 jeg får ondt i benene de næste 4 dage! Dennis var noget nervøs hele vejen pga. bjørne. Vi så da heldigvis også en lidt oppe af en bakke. Og på vej i bilen endnu 2 stk. sejt alligevel. 🐻
    Hold op jeg var træt og det er jo 1000 grader🥵🥵
    Eftermiddag op i en lift - der var så 10.000 grader!!
    Aften pizza og øl og trætte ben😉 og lige endnu engang op med liften.
    gået 33.000 skridt og knap 400 højde meter. Så forstår man hvorfor man er træt🥱
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  • Day5

    Afsted fra Nasville

    June 22 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Afsted tidligt kl. 8. Rasmus ringede heldigvis og fortalte at han havde bestået eksamen med er 7 tal💪🏼💪🏼 Så nu er han administrativ økonom👍🏻
    Vi kørte små 3 timer hen til en grotte jeg havde fundet “næsten” på vejen. Derefter 2 timer til Gatlinbutg. Vi kørte gennem bjergene ved Smoky Mountains. Og kom til en “by” som var lige som Tivoli😳 Nå vores hotel var fint nok - 2 stjerner så må man tage gammelt og brunt😉 men super rent👍🏻
    Vi var fremme kl. 17 og gik kort tid efter ned i byen - hold da fest et spektakel. Efter en times vandring i den 36 varme eftermiddag🥵 fandt vi et travlt spise sted. Jeg fik catfish og Dennis en burger. Og 2 kolde øl havde vi også fortjent. Lang kører dag - bilen er fin.
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  • Day5

    Smokey Mountains Nationalpark

    March 2 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Heute erreichen wir den ersten Nationalpark dieser Reise, den "Smokey Mountains NP". Voraussichtlich überschreiten wir auch die Grenze nach Tennessee. Das Wetter ist phantastisch, wir scharren mit den Hufen - also gehen wir es an👍😊☀️
    Man kann sich in die rauchigen Berge dieser Landschaft verlieben, und Cherokee ist so eine wunderschöne Gegend. Wir wollen die "Mingo Falls" sehen. Nachdem wir 161 Stufen hinaufgestiegen sind, kommen wir zu einem 120-Fuß-Sturz, insgesamt 200 Fuß mit den Kaskaden. Es ist noch so früh am Morgen - wir genießen es👍👍👍😊
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  • Day76

    Day 76 - Heart Attacks at Dollywood

    July 6, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    The alarm went off at 7.30am, way too early for us retirees. At 8.30, we made it down to breakfast & stuffed ourselves (well I did).

    Shortly after 9.00am we checked out of the hotel & dashed east along Interstate 40 past Knoxville, then down the 66 to Sevierville & 441 to Dollywood Theme Park.

    Around 10.20am, we parked up in Cotton Candy car park & took the tram to the entrance to Dollywood. The tickets were $74 each, a bit steep, we would need to get our money’s worth! The park didn’t seem to be unduly busy, possibly because thunderstorms were forecast.

    Dollywood is split up into several different areas. Our first port of call was Timber Canyon & we decided to blood ourselves with a wooden rollercoaster, Thunderhead. There might have been a clue in the title!

    There was literally no queue & we were allocated the back 2 seats, apparently the best. We set off.............FFF^?~§^!}^{%%#@&£*&£**^¥~ CCKKK.

    I screamed like a little girl & Jackie went white & quiet! The rickety old scary ride went on for ever & ever. I hated every second of it & I think Jackie liked it less. We got off with legs of jelly, hearts pounding & swearing we would not do another one. It was just as well we failed to notice the restrictions, because heart problems & high blood pressure were just 2 reasons why we shouldn’t of been on it.

    There were a couple of other big rides in Timber Canyon; the Drop Line, chairs that takes you up to a ridiculous height then drop like a stone & another rickety old rollercoaster called Mystery Mine. There was no chance of doing either of these so we headed to Wildwood Grove, predominantly aimed at kids.

    Our next ride was Treetop Tower, where you got into an Acorn shaped capsule that went round a pole up to about 20’ in the air & then back down again. Jackie was embarrassed as we were the only adults not accompanying children. We had to get our money’s worth somehow!

    We then did the Great Tree Swing & luckily we were in the middle because I always feel I’m going to fall out. People of all ages had their arms aloft, but we both clung on for dear life.

    Next was Frogs & Fireflies, a merry-go-round of frog capsules that hopped up & down as it spun round. Even I was embarrassed, when we were told we had to sit in a frog 🐸 capsule each, because the 2 of us would be over the weight limit. We bounced round a few times.

    Next looked perfect, Black Bear Trail, a little track where you sat upon a bear like you would a horse. Whilst queuing for this, the anticipated storm struck & the heavens opened. Over the tannoy came a message that due to lightning less than 10 miles away, all rollercoasters🎢 & aerial rides would be suspended. The Bear ride was fine, but Jackie was ‘too cool for school’ & refused to do the ride on the grounds of the weather. I braved it & after chivalrously gave Jackie my raincoat to wear. Apparently, Jackie didn’t need one for this trip!

    We then took shelter & got chatting to an American family. His ambition was to visit Europe for some proper history, including Germany where he served in the Military. He said he was concerned about the immigration problem in UK & the no-go areas in London. Good old Trump & his fake news. We put him straight!

    It was during this chat that Jackie realised she had left her phone in the toilet about 15 minutes ago. She went rushing back & as one might expect it had gone. I rang it & luckily the employee at Face Painting, had had someone hand it in to her. We got it back.

    After about an hour in total, the tannoy announced that all the rides were about to commence again. I can’t explain why, but we queued up for the Firechaser Express. It didn’t seem too scary, but looks can be deceiving. It was another rickety bugger that raced around a track & ended up in a fireworks factory. What could go wrong! Everything started exploding & we were at the back again, when suddenly the ride catapulted us backwards, leaving our stomachs back in the fireworks factory. It was horrible & yet again it resulted in me screaming like a Banshee.

    Gluttons for punishment (& keen to get our money’s worth) we queued up for Mystery Mine. We convinced ourselves it seemed alright, just a couple of upside down bits at the end. Unfortunately we hadn’t taken into consideration the word ‘Mystery’, which involved vertical ups & free falling downs in semi darkness. I actually didn’t mind it so much because I couldn’t see the drops, but Jackie was dishevelled & looked petrified. The photos to buy at the end were interesting, Jackie looked like an inflated rubber doll, complete with ‘something about Mary’ hair. She will of course deny it! I just looked wide eyed & mouthed & absolutely terrified.

    That was too much so we headed back to children’s area of Wildwood Grove for some less strenuous activities. Jackie bought an E number crammed ice cream, then we were buzzing. Next ride was the Mad Mockingbird, which was a swing that could be controlled from within our capsule. I stupidly let Jackie drive & we were all over the place!

    Our final ride we allowed ourselves was the Dragonflier. It was a longest queue wait, about 20 minutes, but it was a nice gentle finish for us. It zoomed round at breakneck speed with our legs dangling down, but had no nasty drops or surprises.

    There were several rides that we refused to go on, that were just way too high or too fast or too wet. We instead saw the informative Bird of Prey display in the Wings of America Theatre & generally bimbled around.

    It was 5.30pm, 7 hours later, that we finally exited Dollywood. We drove to the nearest Walmart for some much needed provisions, the drove south to Gatlinburg where we were staying the night. Gatlinburg was heaving, absolutely heaving, & it took us ages to drive through the main high street to our Chalet on the other side of town.

    We are staying in a skiing chalet with a balcony looking out on to the Great Smoky Mountains. At 8.00pm it was still in the high 90s & as humid as you like. We went down the road to Big Daddy’s Pizzeria. We had a 14” classic pizza & a pitcher of local beer. It was perfect & we both agreed the best pizza we had had on this trip.

    Over dinner we both agreed that we really enjoyed Dollywood, but primarily it is a rollercoaster theme park at the end of the day & everything else is a bit Dolly & a bit ‘cutesy’. I think I have just made that word up, but everything is Applejack, Butterfly, Cotton Candy etc etc & country music plays all over, but with bird tweeting in the background.

    We are still very glad we went, but never again will we visit a theme park!

    Song of the Day - 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton.

    Bonus Song of the Day :-

    Rollercoaster by Black Mountain
    Sheer Heart Attack by Queen
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    Angela Bambridge

    Hilarious!! Did you hold on tight or did you go round with your arms aloft!!! xx

    7/7/19Reply
    Simon and Jackie Annals

    I held on tight obviously. Health & safety should always be the priority xx

    7/7/19Reply
     
  • Day81

    ... in Gatlinburg

    March 29, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    To get to the main attraction, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, required us to drive through all three towns. This week is Spring break so the traffic has been horrendous. Entrance to the park is free and there are several scenic drives along narrow winding roads. The park is beautiful even though the trees are only beginning to bud. We learned that the "smoky" appearance is actually smog that drifts in from industries in the West and North that are hundreds of miles away.Read more

  • Day5

    Smokey Mountains Nationalpark

    March 2 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Unterwegs am Morgen 😊
    Bald hatten wir den "Great Smokey Mountains Nationalpark" erreicht und überfuhren die Grenze zu Tennessee 👍
    Unsere ersten Eindrücke vom Nationalpark🤭

    Unsereweltimsucher

    Phantastische Aussichten 🤩

    3/2/22Reply
     

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