Left home early Saturday morning for our make-up trip to the Smokies. Planned to go through Sparta-Cookeville, TN for one night to visit the area where my mother was born. Never been there so mark that off my bucket list. Wanted to stay in Cookeville but all the hotels were booked because of a baseball tournament. So, we decided to drive two more hours to Pigeon Forge. Traffic was heavy through Sevierville but came to a standstill as we came into Pigeon Forge. Took us about 30 minutes to go one mile! Stopped at Econo Lodge Riverside as we had are hearts set to stay there. Unfortunately, they had no vacancies so we settled for the Comfort Suites on Teaster Lane. Bad decision as we were unhappy with the room. Decided to stay because we were worn out. (separate review to follow) Went to a very late dinner at IHOP. I know that's now very exciting but we wanted breakfast and have always had very good service there. We checked out of the Comfort Suites this morning and moved to the Econo Lodge Riverside. We got a great rate ($50.00 per night) and love the room. I will try to provide another report tomorrow. Need to go get ready to have dinner at J. T. Hannah's. We plan to go up to Gatlinburg tomorrow. It's great to be back in the beautiful Smoky Mountains!