Healthy Living

Gatlinburg Trip 

Hello everyone! I hope your final week of 2016 is going well. We enjoyed a great Christmas at my grandparents’ house. Now we are packing away the decorations and preparing to welcome 2017.
Last week, we were finally able to take our annual trip to Gatlinburg. We left on Monday arriving in Pigeon Forge in time to eat supper at the Old Mill Restaurant. After enjoying our meal, we visited the gift shop and then traveled down the road a bit to the Book Barn/Moon Pie Store. My grandma buys books here every year. The store is famous in that the first moon pies were made there. It’s a really neat place.
On Tuesday we visited several stores in Severeville and Pigeon Forge. We love Smokey Mountain Knife Works. They have every kind of Knife imaginable, as well as guns, survival gear, hunting supplies, home goods, moonshine candles, clothing, Yeti cups and on and on. We visited the tool store, Belk, the Tanger outlets, Walmart, French’s Boot Store, Little Dolly’s,and the Apple Barn. That evening we ate supper at the Paula Dean Restaurant. It’s located on the Island, so we shopped there as well. It’s a really neat place.
On Wednesday we drove into the mountains. We were able to see a lot of the damage caused by the fire 3 weeks before. In some areas the ground was still smoking. It looks like the fire surrounded Gatlinburg on all sides, but the central part of town wasn’t burned. Everything was open that we normally visit with the exception of one store. It was closed due to smoke damage. It’s like the fire jumped around. One building may be burned and the next one not. In one area, the landscape was burned, but some historic buildings weren’t. 
There were lots of people there. So, that will be a blessing to the area. One man said, “The best thing you can do for Gatlinburg is come.” I’ll share some photos at the end of this post. 
After driving through the mountains, we walked through Gatlinburg. We enjoyed our time there. That evening we ate supper at Corky’s BBQ and then did some final shopping in Pigeon Forge. We drove home on Thursday. We had a great time.
I’m not sure what we will do to welcome 2017. We, dad and I, usually shoot our guns. So, who knows. I wish all of you a very happy New Year!
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