2019-12-06 Trip to Pigeon Forge,TN from Atl, GA (about 200 miles – 4 hour drive-on bus with a group)

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I was with a group called "Seniors On the Go Tours". There is a website by that name. 
 I think of this trip as "3 Christmas Shows in 3 days". The pictures that I will be in the general chronological-order. I went on a bus with the Seniors-On-The-Go-Tours group to Pigeon Forge. The bus left Lawrenceville about 8AM and we stopped in Dillard, GA at the Dillard House Restaurant. The food is served 'family-style' and we sat in row-tables with about 12 people to a row. The food was served hot, quickly and was excellent. Grits, Scrambled Eggs, Ham, Sausage, Bacon, Biscuits, Hash-browned potatoes. (Our tour-director has made previous reservations and they were prepared for a bus full-of-people. Just a note for the reader that I don't remember writing in any previous posts - the bus-driver always unloads the bus near the place that we are going so that we do not have to walk very far. Also, usually, our pick-up locations do not require much walking.) 
 The tour-director, Cathy, had considered asking the bus-driver to travel on Highway 441 between Cherokee,NC and Pigeon Forge. However, we had recently had some rain and cold weather and the highway was closed. So, we used the interstate highways for travel. When writing this post, I just looked at Google Maps for the mileage and travel-time from Atlanta to Pigeon Forge. The 441 highway has red circles with a straight-white-line in the middle. I presume that this indicates that the highway is closed again today. 
 We arrived at the Music Road Inn and received our room keys. (Again, Cathy has made reservations and the hotel is prepared for our arrival. Check-in is really fast this way, even with a large group.) After a short rest in the hotel, we boarded the bus and attended a popular theater called "Hatfield and McCoys" (a dinner theater). The theater play revolves around the 'feud' between the families, and for this time of year, inserts Christmas Themed events. I was truly amazed when the stage floor opened and there was a pool of water underneath. The actors then had diving events in the show and part of the show even included several dogs jumping into the water from low diving boards. I had attended the show many years ago in the summer and the pool-of-water was new from the previous show I had seen. Our meal consisted of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, string beans and chocolate pudding as dessert. All of us agreed that our meal was very good considering the quantity of food served for the show.  
 After breakfast in the hotel the next morning, we went to the Titanic Museum. We were greeted by an employee of the Titanic and given a "Passenger Boarding Pass". Each pass had the name of a different person who was on the ship when it sank in the Atlantic Ocean. The information about the ship told of the "classes" of people, accomodations, cost, etc. There was a room that described how far below the water the ship is located and there was information on how difficult it was to get the artifacts. The artifacts of the ship on display were amazing. Did you know that life-vests of that period had cork inside? The display of them is very interesting. There was some information about the movie "Titanic" and how realistic it was. The last exhibit in the museum was a 'wall of survivors' where you looked for your boarding-pass name and determined if that passenger survived or not.   At the end of the museum tour, we were shown the elevator to the third floor where we dined "First-Class" in the special guest area. Our meal was OUTSTANDING. I HAVE to include a 'food' picture here as well as the wallpaper of what the wharf in England looked like as the ship departed for New York. 
We enjoyed the matinee showing of the Country Tonight Theater. It was an entertaining show with the performers greeting everyone in the lobby afterward. Next, we saw "The Island", an eating and shopping area of Pigeon Forge. We left after the Christmas light had been turned on. There is a large ferris wheel there, but I didn't hear of anyone from our group going on a ride there. The trip was about Christmas and Cathy said that she saved the best show for the last. We went to an elaborate production at the Opry Theater. The show was wonderful with the elaborate ending including 2 live camels on-stage. (For some reason, I didn't get a picture of the last of the play.) 
The final day-of-the-trip included the usual breakfast in the hotel and then a short-drive to the "Christmas Place" store. I ended up buying a couple of very unique Christmas presents, some Christmas cards and a clear-plastic with liquid, glitter, and colored-light inside Christmas tree. Next, another short-ride to the Apple Barn and Cider Mlll. More shopping and lunch at the Apple-Barn restaurant. We a delicious meal and I ate chicken-and-dumplins. 
 For the trip back to Atlanta, Highway 441 was open and we rode there for the mountain views. We were also treated to snow and ice on the side of the road. I was thankful for the safety of a wonderful trip to see shows and a view of winter mountains. 

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2019-10-29 to TNChattanooga with Seniors On The Go Tours (2 bus loads)

I traveled with Seniors on the Go Tours from Atlanta to Chattanooga on Bus Number 2. Previously, I’ve met many people who travel with the group and on this trip, I was able to meet many others. The drive is about 115 miles – but, I meet with the group in Lawrenceville – so the milage is increased by this drive. It was cloudy (but warm, about 65 degrees F) when we left Atlanta, but – the clouds parted and we had a wonderful, sunny – and warm day on the river. The boat left the dock about 11:30AM and we had a buffet lunch. The serving of the lunch was efficient and the food was good. Afterwards, many of us visited the ship decks to view the riverbank and trees. Normally, by this time-of-year, the trees have color – but, this year because of the warm weather they were mostly still green. However, I enjoyed the warmth of the deck and the view. About 2PM, the lower deck had a bingo game, but I stayed on the upper deck. We returned to the dock about 3PM and departed Chattanooga shortly afterward. A GREAT DAY was enjoyed by everyone.

<<As always, any comments that you have about the website would be appreciated. (Blog-Note 1: Because the pictures take a long time to load, it is best to view these webpages using a desktop (in my opinion. Because the size of the pictures will be larger.) You may navigate to the left and right pictures by using the arrows in the middle left-side and right-side. When the ‘scroll’ is at the end, click on the ‘X’ at the right-side top. Or you may use the keyboard top-left key “Esc” to escape the enlarged view at any time.

Blog-Note 2: http://PuddinInVannaWhite.wordpress.com is the ‘original’ website of this blog. This blog has a domain name without the .wordpress. middle name but it disappeared and was believe to be hacked. I re-created the content at this name to avoid further problems. You may click on the name above and you will be transferred to the original website.

Blog-Note 3: I have another website. It is about my 1971 MGB. The url address is : http://www.PuddinInTheMGB.wordpress.com ) >>

2019-10-13_AZSedona – Group trip with Seniors On the Go Tours (from Atl,GA)

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We met in Lawrenceville and boarded a bus to the Atlanta airport. We flew to Phoenix and were met by a tour-guide and motorcoach. Our first stop was to visit the old town of Sccotsdale. We took pictures and shopped in the stores for about an hour. Then we boarded the bus and went to the Poco Diablo Resort in Sedona. After unpacking bags, we were treated to a ‘welcome’ dinner on the patio. It was wonderful.

The next day, we departed in a trolley and visited the Holy Cross Chapel and the Sedona Trail viewing area. After more pictures and much awe at the beauty of the scenery, we went shopping at Tlaquepaque, the arts and crafts village. Our tour-guide told us about the history of the area and how the trees were preserved. We had lunch and shopping in downtown Sedona. Next, we had an excursion ride with the “Pink Jeep”. On the backroad to Flagstaff, we had the bumpiest ride of our lives. We returned ‘all-shook-up’ but laughing at the experience. That night, we had dinner-own-our-on at the local resort restaurant. The whole day had been magical with the beauty surrounding us and the triumph of surviving a dangerous jeep-ride. (Ha-Ha!)

The next day, we saw Montezuma’s Castle (in the cliffs) on the way to Jerome. In Jerome, we enjoyed being on the top of a mountain where a copper mining town used to flourish. Again, our guide told us about the history of the area and I was amazed at his background of growing up nearby. We window-shopped and enjoyed the time in the downtown area. Our next stop was the Clarkdale depot where we boarded the train for a 4-hour ride viewing the Verde Canyon. It was very exciting to see all the beauty of the area . In addition, we had some great ‘finger-food’!

Our final day of touring started with a tour of Wupatki National Park and the Pueblo. Then the Sunset Mountain Crater and the lava tubes nearby. It was a long bus ride but interesting history and worth-it! We had a farewell dinner at a family-run ‘barn’ in Cottonwood. The cowboy entertainment show (Blazin M Ranch in Cottonwood) was great and it was sad to see the trip end. Of course, the next morning, we gathered and returned back to Atlanta. It was a wonderful and exciting trip.
Note: The whole time that I was in the Sedona area, I was continuously thirsty and tried to drink a lot of water. Also, the 3-hour time difference required a cicadian adjustment.

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Blog-Note 2: http://PuddinInVannaWhite.wordpress.com is the ‘original’ website of this blog. This blog has a domain name without the .wordpress. middle name but it disappeared and was believe to be hacked. I re-created the content at this name to avoid further problems. You may click on the name above and you will be transferred to the original website.

Blog-Note 3: I have another website. It is about my 1971 MGB. The url address is : http://www.PuddinInTheMGB.wordpress.com ) >>

2019-10-07 TNCopperhill – CAMPING! (About a 2 hour drive from Atlanta)

I call it “Boy Scouts” for adults (with vans) .. I camped with a group and enjoyed every minute of the beautiful weather. It was PERFECT for me. (Note: in the past, it has been cooler and I’m very ‘cold-natured’.) Only a couple of pictures to share – Thanks to Cuz Dick for the ‘organizing’ and ‘the pics’.)  

Here is a picture of the road-improvement-equipment being used by the road crew. The national forest service has done an outstanding job of improving the roads to camp.