Whew. That was a marathon.
The kids' spring break is actually this week, but Dollywood's season passholder's day was last Friday, and we wanted to be there for that. We had heard that during the park's 20th anniversary, Dolly had given away several 20-year passes. Nancy wanted to try our luck at getting some 25 year passes, even though no one had said it was a possibility.
We had some trouble getting permission from the headmaster to take Friday off from school, finally getting the ok at 7pm Thursday. We left at 7:15pm and drove the 5.5 hours to Maggie Valley. Then we got up at 6am to cross the GSMNP on 441 to Pigeon Forge. There were light crowds on Friday, since the only people there were season passholders. It was cold and rainy. We rode all the rides, including the new Adventure Mountain. It was a lot of fun! We had lunch at Aunt Granny's, and it was pretty good. We chased Dolly around all day Friday, but never saw her. We had supper at Best Italian (always great!), but it was hard to enjoy it while worrying if my car would get towed for parking at that jewelry/leather store (the name escapes me now). Then I drove back across the park while everyone slept. Grr.
Saturday morning, my son pleaded with us to go back to Dollywood again. He had to climb Adventure Mountain again. My wife & daughter were on the fence about it, so we went again. And stayed til 8pm that night. It was sunny and 65° that day. But we finally saw Dolly...for about 3 seconds. Then she was escorted into the back office of Dolly Closet. No passes for anyone. Oh well. Then I drove home again, while everyone slept. Grrrrrr. But I did a wolf pass near the road not from from Newfound Gap. Neat!
My calves are still aching from climbing that Adventure Mountain, but it was fun!
We didn't get to spend much time in Maggie Valley or Gatlinburg this trip, but this summer I'll have a week to do what I want.Edited: 29 March 2010, 17:19