Have missed all of you while I was gone and hope all of you had a good week. I know some of you ask for Full Details of our Trip to Pigon Forge Tn. when we got back SO HERE GOES....Long Read but hope you will enjoy... We got back in about mid-day today. Me and Hubby both really enjoyed ourselves in Pigone Forge Tn. I had a fairly good trip other then some leg and feet pain and swelling from much walking and riding. But overall it was really nice. We left out early for Pigon Forge Tn. Sunday Morning and arrived around 10:30/11 am. We first rode through the town looking around at everything. Then we stopped at the Olive Garden and had lunch. By this time our room was ready, so we checked in to our Hotel which turned out to be a really nice place. The Apple Valley....It had a nice King size bed with a big whirlpool beside the bed, a fireplace in the middle of the room, a living room area with sofa, coffee table and end tables, a little area with a small fridge and mirowave, a large bathroom with a walk in shower that had a seat built into the shower(woohoo), and a small personal patio as you walk out french doors. (I have pictures to share The Apple Valley also had a outdoor/indoor pool and hot tub. They served a really nice breakfeat each morning. They always had biscuit/gravy,cerals,donuts,yogurt,fruit,toast,coffee and juices. Which I didn't eat there breakfeat but once while I was there...im not much of a morning person, but hubby enjoyed it each morning as I was getting myself together to go out for the day. It was a really nice Hotel and very friendly people, I would recommend it to anyone planning on going to Pigon Forge Tn. We have been to Pigon Forge many times but love it so much there we continue to go back when we can. I have to say this Hotel was one of the nicest places we have stayed other then a Cabin in Pigon Forge. Well after we had gotten checked in Sunday and had gotten our bags unpacked etc... We took us a little nap/rest in that big king size bed(we have a queen at home) after our long ride. After getting up from a much needed rest we decided to go on out.. *SUNDAY night we went to "Country Tonight". It was a really great show! Alot of dancing and singing, the latest country hits. All the singers and dancers did such a good job and all there costumes were so beautiful. The show lasted about 2 hours if I remember right. They had a 15 minute intermission inbetween the 2 hours. After Country tonight we headed back to the Hotel and I truly enjoyed laying back in the whirlpool for awhile then off to bed. *MONDAY morning we get up and hubby hits the breakfeast there at the Hotel as im getting ready with my slow-self..LOL Then we were off to DOLLYWOOD for the day. We were at Dollywood from 11am to 6pm. We walked around looking in all the shops. We went to several shows there in Dollywood 2 being some great Bluegrass & Bluegrass gospel music and singing, oldies 50 & 60's music as well. We also watched the Bald-Eagle show. It was really great and really touched my heart, how Dolly is trying to save our Bald-Eagles. They had real life Bald Eagles that we were able to come in touching distance of. We also went through Dollys musem which had many of her Gold Records, Awards, pictures with other famous people, Tons of her dresses she has worn over the years, her coat of many colors she had as a child, sheets of paper where she had first written a song, to many things to list... I really enjoyed Dollywood but at the same time it was very hard on my legs and feet...If anyone has alot of trouble with there legs and feet swelling etc..And you go to Dollywood be sure to rent the electric wheelchairs they have avaiable. Well after leaving Dollywood we went on to the Alabama Grill for supper..Yummmm it was great. Plus they have alot to see at the Alabama Grill...they have tons of gold records, pictures, even clothes on the walls and in glass cases of about every country artist you can think of. I am a huge Fan of Alabama anyway...they have there tour bus that they used back in the 80's out in front of the resturant that they allow you to go through. I can imagine what there Bus would look like now because the one they toured in...in the 80's is beautiful. So after eating at the Alabama Grill we had just enough time to catch another show which was at "Memories Theater" They have impresenators(sp)who actually do sing themselves...No lip singing. They had Patsy Cline, Tim Mcgraw, The Blues Brothers and Elvis. I enjoyed this show the most out of every show we saw. These people even look like the real deal and sound like it too. Elvis did the whole second half of the show and woooohooo he was something I tell you!!! His name is Lou Vuto playing as Elvis. We were able to get front seats and I even got up at the end you know when Elvis would wrap a scarf around some of the ladys at the stage and give them a kiss on the cheek...woohooo well I went up and got me a scarf and a kiss... made my heart skip a beat LOL(even though it wasent really Elvis still made me dizzy heehee) After the show I had him sign my scarf. Also Charlie Hodge was on stage with Elvis(Lou). The Charlie Hodge that was always by Elvis Presleys side in all his concerts and shows when Elvis was alive. Charlie Hodge has a book out called "Me'm Elvis" which I bought and had Charlie to sign as well. Charlie is in his early/mid seventies now. I would love to just sit down with that man and just listen to all the storys about Elvis. I can't wait to read his book. When Elvis died I was only 4 or 5 years old, but I think if I would have been in my teens when Elvis was alive I think I would have been a groupie..lol Well by the time this show was over it was around 11pm so we headed back to the room and boy was I exhausted... *TUESDAY we slept in a little late this morning. But when we had gotten on up we decided to ride on in to Gatlinburg for a few hours which is only about 6 or 7 miles from Pigon Forge Tn. We rode up to the top of "Ober" Gatlinburg Mountain where there was a beautiful view and they had all sorts of little things to do on top of this mountain. We were able to watch the live Black Bears and they even had a ice skating ring...Nope I didnt try that one LOL So after this we rode on back to Pigon Forge and we went to the five 0'clock show at the "Fiddlers Feast" this was a show and dinner included. It was really nice it was all Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel and they mixed a little comedy in there as well. The dinner was really great too. You were served steak and chiken,baked beans,cole slaw, biscuit,blackberry cobbler or apple, and all you can drink tea,lemonade and coffee. More then one person can eat I tell ya...But it was really great! After the Fiddlers feast we went on over to the Winery and tasted different wines with chesse. I'm not a drinker or even much of a wine drinker..Maybe a glass twice a year LOL but it was fun and interesting. Well by this time I was wiped out again...so we headed on back to the room and I enjoyed another lay back in the whirlpool and off to bed. *WEDNESDAY we slept in a little late. Then we went out and hit the streets of Pigon Forge going through the shops. Later on going to Louise Mandrell....This year is her last year and she will be closing her theater. We have been to see her before but thought we would catch her again since this will be here last year. She really seems to be such a sweet person and has a really great show. So after this we new we would be getting up early the next morning to head on home so we went back to the room and yep I had to hit the Whirpool one more time...Then we were headed home early this morning sniff sniff. We got home around mid-day and I first layed down for a little. I still havent even begun to unpack everything yet...Even though I so enjoyed myself its like FEW...ok im tired and everything else... But I couldnt wait to come to the board and share my vacation with you all and I missed you all so much!! Wished I could have taken you all with me!! The first picture im putting in the profile is of Lou (Elvis) I have pictures of our room, dollywood all the shows etc...Ill try to change them every so often to share with you all. I had fun but its good to be home and to be back here with you all...Thank you all for your prayers for us to have a safe,fun and pain free vacation. Luvs you Gals & Guys (((Hugs))) Bluerose P.S. I have been Praying for all those that were in the path of Katrina. It is so sad and breaks my heart at the lifes lost, homes lost, and what all those are going through and are still going through. While we were in Pigon Forge Tn. and anytime we were in the room we were glued to the TV and Praying for all. A family came into Pigon Forge Tn. while we were there, they had to leave there home and the "COMDEY BARN" there in pigon forge put this family up in a cabin and also the "COMEDY BARN" donated $10,000.00 to the Red Cross for help and relief of Katrina.