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Trip Report - March 25 Through March 28

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Trip Report - March 25 Through March 28

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
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1. Re: Trip Report - March 25 Through March 28

Glad you had a great trip although you didn't get to do exactly what you wanted! ;)

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2. Re: Trip Report - March 25 Through March 28

Don't you love those spur of the moment trips or even planned vacations. It takes us about 6 -6 1/2 hrs to get to PF/GB and I do all the driving there and once we get there I am tired and everyone else is wired!!! And the same goes for the trip home, busy on vacation doing everything but R & R and then I drive home again and then the darn car has to be unpacked. Glad you had a good trip, must have been a great experience to see Dolly!!!

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3. Re: Trip Report - March 25 Through March 28

BradMac glad you had a good trip!

Okay, I saw a post on Facebook today and I thought of you.

Anatidaephobia....the fear that somewhere,somehow a duck is watching you!!!

I thought that was hilarious when I saw it. Hope no ducks attacked this vacation. Have a great day!

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4. Re: Trip Report - March 25 Through March 28

Thanks for the report. I'm glad that you and your family had a safe trip. It sounds like everyone had a great time.

P.S. How does your wife get you to do all the driving? My husband make me take a turn especially after we have a large meal. (That's his favorite time to nap!) lol!

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5. Re: Trip Report - March 25 Through March 28

Glad you had a nice trip! When we go on vacation and there is driving to do, I do all the driving and my huband relaxes. He doesn't really have a choice though....I'm kind of a control freak when it comes to driving. I am not a good passenger...lol! So, did you do the ziplines at Dollywood? How were they?

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6. Re: Trip Report - March 25 Through March 28

Anatidaephobia. So that's what my...condition...is called. I can't even watch those AFLAC commercials.

I wind up doing all the driving because my wife drives TOO slow. It would take another hour to get from GB to Maggie Valley if I let her drive. We'd be that car that had 50 other cars behind it with no way to pass.

As far as the zip lines at Dollywood, we checked into it, but the kids were too light. You have to be at least 80# and no more than 270# to ride. My son is only 75# and my daughter is less. I guess it so you can keep enough momentum, to make sure you don't stop before you get to the end. I hated to do it without my kids, so it'll have to wait till next year. Anyway, it's $45 apiece to go, $37 if you have a gold pass. I'm not miserly by any means, but another $180 for the four of us is a bit steep.

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7. Re: Trip Report - March 25 Through March 28

Yeah, no doubt! Espeically when you've already paid an entrance fee to the park which I'm sure was over $200 for the family. We are really trying to have a budget friendly vacation this year...last year we went to Orlando and of course that cost an arm and a leg. I am debating if we'll even go to Dollywood. For what it would cost the family, we can do a lot of the smaller attractions. On the other hand, we've never been to Dollywood so I think that would be a lot of fun. But once you consider Dollywood and horseback riding and ziplines that's a lot of cash dropped! The good news is I did get a really great deal on a cabin in Wears Valley!

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8. Re: Trip Report - March 25 Through March 28

Thanks for the report Brad. Glad to hear your second day at Dollywood was nice and sunny for you! Too bad you couldn't get those free season passes. Good to hear you and your family enjoyed your quick trip to the area!

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9. Re: Trip Report - March 25 Through March 28

Glad you made a quick get away hope there's many more to come. (for all of us)

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10. Re: Trip Report - March 25 Through March 28

Thanks for sharing Brad.

But did I see you say that you saw a wolf? I had heard that there was an attempt to re-introduce Red Wolves to the park, but that the experiment failed. It's not that I don't believe you, just want to be sure that you weren't mistaken and maybe saw a coyote?

I once caught a glimpse of what I'm almost positive of a panther in Cades Cove. It spooked a deer that came close to jumping over the hood of our SUV as we approached a homestead. I had my doubts of what I actually saw until I talked to a friend up there who saw one at Roaring Fork.

Kinda makes one want to hike in a group eh? :-)