Reminder of 2011

After Hilton Head we spent a few days at Hunter Airfield in Savannah, Ga.  What a nice campground and so handy to town.  We just relaxed while here and then headed to Disney World.

We pulled into Fort Wilderness Campground which will be our home for the next 10 days.  Full hookup site with plenty of room to put up the tent.  Our only complaint was it was very noisy as we were near the restaurant and bus stops.  We arrived on Friday Night and Susan and family arrived on Saturday.  What a wonderful week we had.  Saturday we swam in the pool and then enjoyed dinner – walked around and bought the girls an ice cream treat.   They are so darn cutre and so much fun.  While at Disney World we did all of the parks plus Typhoon Lagon and Blizzard Beach Water Parks.  What a wonderful time and Makenzie was in her glory spending her 5th birthday at Magic Kingdom.  It was one of the best vacations we have had and so worth every penny. 

October was a month of spending at the Navy Base in Goose Creek and enjoying visiting with Susan and family. 

November was a good month doing Christmas shopping, Hockey Game with Tim and Emily, Thanksgiving Dinner with the Shallo’s.

December we took a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains where we stayed at the Wyndham Resort for 2 wonderful weeks.  We had a one bedroom with dining room, living room, bath, and kitchen.  It was located in Sevierville, Tn which is home to Dolly Parton.

One day we visited the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and enjoyed the blue mist that hovers above the peaks and valleys.  Our favorite place was Cades Cove which the Cherokee Indians established as a settlement.  The park stradddles Tenn and No Carolina and has a diversity of plants and animals.  We did the auto tour, hiked, saw waterfalls, deer, birds, and turkeys.   Alot of the roads were closed during the winter but we enjoyed our ride to Cherokee and seeing the snow on the mountain.

Bush Bean’s Visitor Center was a great experience.  We saw a movie showing how the beans are made and how the company started.  It used to be a general store and now houses a visitor center showing movies and a store.  It was a very interesting tour.

We visited the stores at The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge which has a water powered grist mill built in the early 1800’s on the bank of the Little Pigeon River.  The grist mill is still producing today.  We shopped at the pottery shop, candy kitchen, toy store, farmhouse kitchen and the Old Mill General Store.  We had a wonderful full course dinner at the Old Mill Restaurant.  After dinner we walked over to Patriot Park and admired all of the beautiful Christmas Lights. 

Dollywood was a wonderful stop but much too cold for amusement rides.  They have over 4 millions Christmas Lights so the park was beautiful.  We saw the wonderful shows:  Christmas on Ice which had ice skaters and 6 vocalists singing songs – Carol of The Trees which has lights synchronized to Holiday music, Show O’Holy Night, An Appalchin Christmas, Heartsong Movie, and Christmas in the Smokies.  We had dinner at the Backstage Buffet which was not too good.  It was an enjoyable day in the Smokies at Dollywood.

One day we did Gatlinburg and enjoyed visiting the Village which has 27 unique shops. 

Another day we went to Elizabethton, Tn where Tim spent about 8 years of his childhood.  We took a ride to Watauga Lake and saw the marina where he worked, the covered bridge built in 1882, and the Sycamore Shoals State Park where we watched a movie about the role Tennessee played in the American Revolution.  Another beautiful day.

Deb and Dee Pinckard invited us out to their home on the River for the day.  It was great spending time with them and what a wonderful dinner.

The American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, Tn was an interesting stop for us.  The town was built in secrecy during World War II.  At one time 75,000 people lived here.  This town played an important role in the development of the Atomic Bomb.

After the two weeks here we returned to Charleston to enjoy the holidays with Susan and family.  What a wonderful holiday with lots of great food, wonderful company, great gifts and beautiful weather.  One day we did a walk downtown Charleston and saw the beautiful tree at Charlesotn Place.  We enjoyed this so.

One of Tim’s presents was a Charleston History Photo tour which was just wonderful.  We got to hear about the history of certain buildings in the city, saw different angles that we had never seen before plus Tim got alot of wonderful tips for taking better pictures.  Highly recommend this tour.

New Year’s Eve we babysat and said goodbye to our family as we hit the road tomorrow.  Another wonderful year comes to an end.