Day 4...We got up early for our drive across the mountains. We stopped at the usual viewpoints, except the ones with construction going on. We stopped at Newfound Gap and then drove out to Clingman's Dome but didn't do the hike. The view was a little clearer...could actually see some of Fontana Lake in the distance...and we have never been able to see it before. (DS and her hubby said they have seen it when they go in the spring, but never in the summer.) We still like the views by the catwalks. We stopped for ice cream (again, really?) at the DQ in Gatlinburg and drove out to Mingo Falls. The rains had made the falls flow a little heavier than usual, so they were prettier, but there were people playing & wading at the foot of them, so there was no op for great photos. (That is always a pet peeve of mine. Ought to be some way to balance the need for great photos with the need to swim & wade....maybe they could move the latter to afternoons only since the light isn't good then anyway, and the temps are always hotter! Anymore we have just learned that we need to be on the trails at daylight to ensure no people are in our photos. Enough said.)
DS chose Olive Garden for supper, even thought it is a chain. I just got the soup( chicken nochi), salad & breadsticks, DH got eggplant parm which was excellent. We had a great waiter with the best service of the whole trip.
We saved going to Country Tonite for our final show, as it is usually our favorite. The production is excellent and we love the dancers. The choreography is fabulous and it is such a high energy show. We have come very much to love Bubba. His new rap spiel is so cute! However, this year we felt there was way too much OLD country. We may be "older" but that doesn't mean we don't like the new sound as well. So Country Tonite lost out as our favorite this year to Tennessee Shindig.
Day 5...It was up and out. We made it from PF back to I-40 in only 30 minutes, which was probably a record. Home by 4 PM, but disappointed to find out that coons had gotten into the garden and eaten ALL...EVERY BIT...of our silver queen corn! (And we have a big garden!!)