We are in Dolly Parton country, so while we managed to avoid a visit to Dollywood (the high price was a big turn-off), the lure of Dolly’s big Christmas Show, the Dixie Stampede, on the outskirts of Pigeon Forge, was too great. We had spent the entire day inside due to the incessant rain, so Dave called and managed to get us seats on the front row, thanks to a cancellation. We were surprised that they were fully booked on a Tuesday night, and even more so, once we arrived and realized that fully booked meant an arena full of 1,000 people!
We were treated to a wonderful trio playing music in the pre-show, before heading into the enormous arena and taking our dinner seats. The show was great, the kids were excited to be able to eat their entire meal without utensils! Becca and Nathan were chosen, with two other children, to go into the arena and chase chickens (yep, run after chickens to encourage them to cross a finish line…..!) as part of the show. The horse stunts, costumes and glamor of the entire show was spectacular. We had a really good time.
States visited: 49!
visited 49 states (98%)
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Miles driven so far -
LOOP 1 (Aug 2009 - Aug 2010): 29,000
LOOP 2 (May - August 2012): 10,800
Highest altitude with camper: 11,158ft (I-70, CO)