Friday, October 8, 2010

Dixie Stampede, Smoky Mountains, and Baseball

Last night will stand out as a highlight for all of us.  We dined in fine style at Dollywood's Dixie Stampede.  To see the looks on my kids' faces as they realized we would eat supper without silverware, drink from mason jars, and watch acrobats and horse stunts and racing pigs and dancing chickens was worth every penny.  Aidan could hardly remember to eat because of all the action -- funny kid.

Clingman's Dome Observatory
The sign really means keep both hands on the wheel!

We hit the road early in the morning to visit the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  The Smokies are named for the blue mist that always seems to hover around the peaks and valleys.  The trees are justing starting to change colors and I can tell it will be gorgeous in a few more weeks.  We drove up to Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the park.  While driving to this observation point I kept singing the Davy Crockett Theme Song: Born on a mountaintop in Tennessee, greenest state in the land of the free....   Anyway, from the parking lot it was a steep .5 mile climb to a spiraling observation deck.  The view in all directions was about 100 miles.

We exited the park in Oconaluftee, NC.  There was a small Mountain Farm Museum near the Visitor's Center with reclaimed buildings from the 1800's.  We saw a meat house, corn crib, apple storage barn, the main house, and the ever important outhouse!  This park entrance/exit also marks the end of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the beginning of the Trail of Tears.

Here's today's questions...  all worth one point.

5.  Dollywood was founded by what big-hearted country music superstar?

6.  What is Clingmans Dome's elevation?  a) 6527 ft.  b) 6643 ft.  c)  6879 ft.

7.  The Blue Ridge Parkway winds through two states, North Carolina and ____?

8.  The people from what Indian nation were forced to walk the Trail of Tears?

PS.  I just love baseball, so I'm especially happy that the baseball postseason has started.  For one extra credit point, name one team that made this year's post-season.

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