10.29b.16 Mississippi Gulf Coast – Week Two 03.28.16 to 04.03.16

Published originally on Monday, April 4, 2016 – Our last week on the Mississippi Gulf Coast was great!

Last week started with news of our granddaughter Kallie being in a serious ATV accident on Sunday evening. She was thrown from the ATV after it hit a telephone pole, was in the hospital for the evening and has been recovering since. Nothing broken but lots of bruises and she was on crutches for a few days. We went back to Ponchatoula and visited her on Wednesday. She was doing really well by then and could get around without the crutches mostly. Her daddy plays the drums so we asked her to show us her skills on the drums which is what you’ll see in the picture.

20160330_170829 (Medium) While we were in town we ate at our favorite Hammond Chinese buffet, China Palace.

Roy doesn’t like to get out and about as much as I do so there are times he stays home and I go!

On Monday I spent some time shopping on the Beach where I found a wonderful Goodwill, Sears and Dillards! Edgewater Mall is an old, but newly renovated Mall that I remember shopping at as a child with my sister and brother-in-law! I came back refreshed from my shopping with a new summer wardrobe, most of it from Goodwill so it was very low in cost!!

On Tuesday I went to the beach to read and enjoy the sun, water, waves, birds and the sounds of children playing and families laughing together! It was a beautiful sunny day even if the winds were pretty strong on the beach. I tucked everything in, sat in my lawn chair, put my hat on with lots of suntan lotion on my skin and read taking a break from time to time to enjoy watching the birds and the families playing! Here’s some photos of the beach and the birds.

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Thursday evening was the Bomb Diggity Best!!! We were told about the All You Can Eat Dungeness crabs on the buffet at the Treasure Bay Casino. After having experienced the disappointment and high cost of eating one Dungeness crab in San Francisco we said yes sir, that is for us! Here’s a link to the San Francisco crab eating experience so you’ll know what I’m talking about! The picture of the one crab we ate there is pretty far down that day’s blog post but check it out and read about that experience! San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf

We paid $42.95 plus tax for one very lite (we call them kites in Louisiana, they are only partially full) that we split between us in California. Here on the Gulf Coast we ate 5 overly full crabs (Dungeness are bigger than most blue crabs), a few pounds of boiled crawfish, lots of fried fish and fried shrimp and delicious deserts for $47.00 for both of us at the All You Can Eat Buffet. Treasure Bay is not the most upscale, thrilling place we’ve visited but the food more than makes up for it and the place is quite clean. They give a 15 percent Senior discount so if that applies to you be sure to ask for it.

We ate for TWO HOURS and made ourselves stop before we couldn’t walk out! Here’s some pictures of our dinner at this newly discovered favorite eating place on the coast.

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Saturday, see the Iron Magnolia Antiques Post

This Sunday we went to church at First Baptist Church of Bay St. Louis, MS. We do not normally go to Bay St. Louis but it is a really lovely area. Here is a picture of the wonderful choir at the church and some of the beautiful homes along the water there!

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20160403_125206 (Medium)20160403_142524 (Medium)20160403_142922 (Medium) 20160403_142752 (Medium) 20160403_142649 (Medium) 20160403_142606 (Medium) We left the Mississippi Gulf Coast this morning after taking some final Mississippi photos of Dora and Boots on the beach! We are at Wilderness RV Resort in Robertsdale, Alabama for the next two weeks. This is an okay park where we only pay $2 per night because we want 50 amp electricity. We are about 35 miles from both Mobile and Pensacola so we’ll be visiting both while we’re here!

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10.29.16 Iron Magnolia Antiques in Pass Christian, Mississippi originally published 04.02.16

20160402_140856 (Medium)October 29, 2016 – I visited Iron Magnolia again this week. If you’re in the area this is a cool place to browse around.

Chip and his family are coming to stay with us tonight and WE CAN’T WAITTTTT!!!!!!

Saturday, April 2, 2016 -WARNING! WARNING! My photos today are not great, but at the bottom you’ll find a link to their website where you can get a better idea of what’s here to fall in love with at Iron Magnolia Antiques!

Roy and I went out today to pick up prescriptions at Walgreen’s in Long Beach. On our way back to the RV park we passed by Iron Magnolia Antiques. We’ve driven by here several times but this time stopped. I would not think they had so very much to see until we started looking around. All sorts of outdoor decorations can be found in the large yard around the shop. We loved one in particular but found it wasn’t for sale! My dear friend Cindy LeBlanc would love this place and probably buy a lot so I hope she reads today’s blog post!

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ShopFrontInside the two houses that are connected you can roam and see sooooo much wonderful stuff! My photos didn’t come out as well as I wish they did BUT you can check out lots of great photos on their website. They only show a tiny bit of what’s in there. From outside I never would have believed there would all of this inside! The owner, Linda Ladnier was very nice and showed me some things I missed. I have to say that if we still had a house I would have left there with an empty pocketbook and a full trunk!! I’ll share her contact information so you’ll know where to find this great place if your on the Gulf Coast.

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Here’s their information:

Iron Magnolia Antiques and Collectibles
6030 Menge Ave.
Pass Christian, MS 39571
Ph: (228) 918-6468
Hours: 7 days a week, 12 – 5

Great directions are available on the website!! www.IronMagnoliaAntiques.com
Owner: Linda Lanier

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10.27.16 Mississippi Gulf Coast – Week One 03.21.16 to 03.27.16

Thursday, October 27, 2016 – We have gained several new Dora and the Explorer blog followers since earlier this year. I want to share how great the Mississippi Gulf Coast is with these new folks so the next few days I’ll share previous blogs here. If you’ve read them before take some time off, if not I hope you enjoy them!

Thursday, March 31, 2016 – We arrived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Monday, March 21st. Here’s a bit of what we did and saw during week one.

The trip here and our place at TLC Wolf River Resort

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Lookie, Diesel is lower than Regular!20160323_124403

One missing puzzle piece just drove us bananas!20160325_104539

So Roy searched high and low. How can anything get lost in a 400 sq. foot home! Between the sofa and the dining area under some packing boxes was one little puzzle piece. What a man I am married to!


And now the puzzle of the Grand Canyon is complete. I can’t bring myself to take it apart so a week later it is still together waiting for someone to want to take it to their home!20160327_132510

One afternoon we went to the Biloxi Visitors Center to tour it and to watch a 50 minute documentary on Biloxi and Katrina.

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Jim Cantore, from the Weather Channel in part of the film.20160325_143600

A car under a 18 wheller.20160325_143606

One of the casinos that was lifted up and moved across the highway from its original location.20160325_143704

Some of the amazing wooden art sculptures made from Katrina damaged trees from the coast.20160325_144938 20160325_144946 20160325_145235 20160325_145713 20160325_150035 We found this great place in Biloxi where you can get crawfish to go. We picked up some crawfish, corn and potatoes and took them back to the resort and enjoyed eating them outside on our picnic table. This is our first, and maybe last crawfish of the season so it was quite important for us to have some!20160325_152901 20160325_161403

Two other RVillagers who are at our park are Henry and Sonja Jones. We contacted them RVillage and went to see them one evening. We got to know them and enjoyed some fun talking and visiting!20160325_194933

Saturday the Easter bunny was seen hopping (actually riding on a golf cart) around the resort and then having an Easter Egg hung under the big oak tree with a bunch of children!20160326_110350 20160326_110406

Roy cooked some hamburgers one evening. We ate them on toasted french bread! Yum!20160326_143537

Madisyn and Kallie’s Easter baskets. They each got new girl’s Bibles and several other goodies!20160327_115727That wraps up week one on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We’ve ridden up and down the beach several times but haven’t sat on it yet, that will be the second week!

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10.24.16 Mississippi Gulf Coast – Fall 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016 – Well here we are back on the Mississippi Gulf Coast at our home park in the Coast to Coast System, TLC Wolf River RV Resort. They are all decorated for Halloween and the grassy areas along the river are again just beautiful.

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It does not matter how many times we come here, when we turn on to the Beach road which is Highway 90, I just start snapping pictures. It is so beautiful I am taking pictures like we’ve never been there before. Friday evening we decided to go to Treasure Bay Casino in Biloxi, our favorite dungeness crab buffet with many other seafoods and just downright comfort foods. The ride there was just beautiful.

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The food was delicious!

Dungeness Crabs and Snow Crabs

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Fried Okra, Creamed Spinish, Frog Legs (gag…..) and something I think Mussels which is weird here in Louisiana.20161021_161921

Roy picks the meat out of his crabs and fills up these cups pouring clarified melted butter over them. In the second photo he put the crabmeat on top of some fresh baked fish for a delicious combination!!!20161021_171552 20161021_172041

We ate so much that we took a walk out to the pool to rest there before heading home. They have a pool where one end seems to have no end. It is really beautiful and I enjoyed checking it out!


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The ride home was even more beautiful. As the sun was setting, the gulf water was a brilliant light blue, the sky was amazing pink and the sun going down to the right had a golden glow.


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We haven’t previously gone out on the coast at that time of the evening, but after seeing this amazing site it may be a frequent drive for us to take!

We lit our first campfire of the cool weather season yesterday while we bundled up outside. We watched LSU have their way with Ole Miss and a pot of peanuts was cooking!


Roy went to Hammond today to take care of some errands and to get in some remote control flying time. I stayed home to work. Chip, Misty, Madisyn and Kallie met him at the flying field for a joyous reunion. Grannie did get to Skype with everyone. Roy’s cousin Chris Fox was there and let Madisyn fly using a buddy system (that’s what Roy calls it). Here’s a picture of Chris, Madisyn and Roy all holding controllers flying.


You know when you start seeing pictures of Madisyn we are getting close to home! She grows way too much when we’re gone.

Roy and I enjoyed the beautiful cool morning and evening here today. We spent most of the day outside working on a difficult puzzle of Rosie the Riveter! Our old eyes see the subtle color variations much better out in the daylight!!! We’re going to the beach tomorrow to play! More on that later!

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10.22.16 Before we said Goodbye to Tennessee

Saturday, October 22, 2016 – Before we left Tennessee I set out one day on my own to see Toone, Tennessee and do some shopping in Jackson, Tennessee.  Our former pastor, Dr. Randy Davis and his beautiful wife Barbara are from the tiny town of Toone.  He’s spoken of it fondly in many sermon illustrations so my heart lead me to visit it since it was not too far away.

He was right it is a tiny town, but I got to see his home where his mother still lives, his home church and all that makes up Toone, Tennessee.


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From there I drove north to Jackson, Tennessee.  I found a wonderful Books A Million where I did some Christmas shopping.  I drove by and around Union University where Randy graduated from and where our oldest son’s brother in law Jason teaches.  Both daughters of a couple we know recently graduated from this fine Christian college.


I did some winter wardrobe shopping at their Goodwill!  It was the biggest and nicest building I’ve ever seen a Goodwill in.

This past Monday Roy had his final follow up appointment with Dr. Lawrence Schraeder, his knee surgeon.  Doc said Roy’s doing exceptionally well.  He can bend his knee with no pushing or pain 135 degrees which is better than the goal!

On our way home from Dr. Schraeder in Bartlett/Cordova, Tennessee we saw many cotton fields.  A friend of ours stood in the middle of a cotton field for a photo on Facebook last week and that inspired me to do the same!  Here’s my middle of the cotton fields pics!

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Here’s a field with cotton already picked and packaged.


One of our favorite things to do when we come to this part of Tennessee is get a couple dozen Krystal burgers, eat them on the way home and toss all the boxes in the floor of our truck.  Here’s the evidence of our naughtiness! 20161017_155215

We stopped at Walgreens to pick up some things and Roy seeing one of the Halloween masks had to play with it! Silly boy!20161017_145348

We left Hornsby, Tennessee Wednesday, spent the night at Walmart in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and arrived in Pass Christian, Mississippi Thursday for a two weeks stay here.

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20161014_105846Tuesday, October 18, 2016 – Roy and I voted today for Donald J Trump, President of the United States!  Yes, we voted by absentee, and placed our ballots in the mail. We have never held any public office. We are just your average everyday citizen just like you. We feel that this election is so important and that the outcome will change America for better or worse for many years to come that we felt the need to express our opinions.

If you agree with our feelings, please share this on your own blog or on your Facebook page.  Please help us share this with everyone about this most important vote.

While we filled in the circle on the ballot next to Trump’s name, what we are actually voting for and against are what we feel Donald J. Trump will do for America that we agree with and against what Hillary Clinton will do to America that we can’t agree with.


For America to have a President we can trust to nominate men and women to the Supreme Court who will defend the constitution and support religious freedoms.

For America to have a chance of repealing Roe vs Wade.

For America to have a chance to get back to the values we once held dear.

For America to have a chance to being a Great Nation again by having a President with a backbone instead of one with his/her own agenda.

For America to have a chance to once again be a country upholding moral, Christian values.

For America to have a Vice President proud to be a Christian, Mike Pence.

For America to have a strong military again.

For America to be free from Obamacare.

For America to be a land where English is the only language and being an American (with previous American values) is most important.

For America to go back to being a country where we aren’t pushed to support the Muslim Obama narrative.

For America to be a land where legal immigrants are welcomed openly and illegal immigrants are sent back to their countries. A country where refugees from known terrorist countries are not pushed on us.

For America to put the welfare of our men and women who are serving and have served in the military to take precedence before providing for those illegal immigrants.

For America to show the media that we are not ignorant followers of the lies they spew forth to sway the election for Hillary Clinton.

We share the concerns Donald J. Trump has about America, not the media’s version of his values.


Hillary Clinton is committed to enacting policies that will erode religious liberty, promote abortion, make our country less safe, and leave our boarders unprotected.14718678_10153979510122596_5605215576852809097_n

Hillary Clinton is a person who no one can deny deserves to be in prison for the criminal acts she has committed. It has become clear that there are two standards of justice in the US, one if you’re a Clinton and one for the rest of us.

Hillary Clinton is someone who can’t remember a decision she made, a lie she told, an order she gave, over and over and over.

Hillary Clinton would nominate Supreme Court justices like herself, who do not uphold the constitution.

Hillary Clinton would allow abortion to continue to run rampant through our country.  Abortion is murder no matter how you look at it.

Hillary Clinton would allow more illegal immigrants to run rampant through our country.

Hillary Clinton would continue to allow our wounded service men and women to receive subpar treatment while providing benefits to illegal immigrants.

Hillary Clinton has a misguided belief that her time is now to be President.  She feels this is owed to her after all these years.

Hillary Clinton’s actions as Secretary of State have weakened America’s position in the world. Imagine what her being President would do to us.

Hillary Clinton is a deceitful woman who did everything possible to steal the nomination from Bernie Sanders and so much more that has been coming out in just the last few days, including hiring people to create chaos at Trump events to make him look bad.

Hillary Clinton is a woman who seemingly has the connections and power to turn our FBI into her servants with no regard for the truth.

We do not want a “First Man” in the White House where he abused his power, sexually and mentally abused women.  With the support of his wife they threatened those same women to keep quiet.


Here is a quote from our friend David who is a lawyer and a Christian, “We currently have an administration that celebrates it’s rejection of the historic Biblical view of marriage from the seat of power, the White House itself (as you’ll recall, they changed the lights to rainbows to celebrate the Supreme Court decision). We have a president who mocks Romans 1 and it’s reference to sexuality in order to promote his own view, and claims that the Sermon on the Mount was actually promoting his view of sexuality and marriage.”

What has happened to this country over the last 8 years has to stop. We truly believe that Donald J. Trump is the man who can make the changes we need to get us back to the country that we once had and can be proud of again.  Do we believe he’s a perfect man?  No, he is far from it.  While neither candidate is perfect, we choose the one who hasn’t already been proven over and over to lie, to cover up, to turn her back on our military, and to make poor decisions for our country.  Hillary Clinton is deplorable and anyone voting for her needs to wake up and see the real Hillary Clinton.  We do not choose to stand on the sidelines and see America deteriorate even further by continuing the policies of the last eight years.

We are willing to vote for the political outsider like Donald J. Trump rather than the insider, oh so bought and paid for, Hillary Clinton.  Those “Never Trumpers” and GOP representatives who are turning their backs on Donald J. Trump should be ashamed of themselves.  They are political insiders just like Hillary Clinton and don’t want to see anything changed to affect their cushy rides.

I hope you will join us in taking the step to elect Donald J. Trump as our next President of the United States of America.

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10.15.16 Mud Island River Walk in Memphis, Tennessee

20161013_140310Saturday, October 15, 2016 – Thursday was a beautiful day temperature wise.  Roy and I took advantage of the lower temperatures to go into Memphis, Tennessee where we toured the Mud Island River Walk.

The local Bass Pro Shop – never would have thought that was what this was until we saw the sign on the other side of the pyramid.


On our way there we drove through a beautiful part of Memphis that resides right on the Mississippi River. This was a very large area of beautiful homes beautifully landscaped and quite large!20161013_134148

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The River Walk is one of the most unique representations of the Mississippi River in the world.   It is an exact scale model of the Lower Mississippi River flowing from its confluence with the Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois 954 nukes south to the Gulf of Mexico.   It is scaled 30″  = 1 mile.  It’s entire length is 2,000 feet or 5 blocks. The  model empties into an acre size Gulf of Mexico.

Before showing the photos we took of this model of the river here is a short video that really shows what is so special about the Mississippi River.   I was unable to embed the video here but you can watch it by clicking on the words “Watch on Facebook”.

Here are some photos from the start down to where it empties into the Gulf of Mexico.

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We knew this would be a miniature version of the Mississippi River’s trail down into the Gulf of Mexico.  What we didn’t realize was how big this would turn out to be. We started at the top and walked and walked and walked watching the Mississippi curve its way through state after state down to our beloved Louisiana where it empties into the Gulf.

Some of the major cities along its path are noted with a layout of the city alongside the mini river.

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Right by my feet in the photo above is what you see in this first photo below.  This is Mud Island as it lies alongside the Mississippi River.20161013_141814

The Memphis area next to the river without me in the photo!20161013_141832

Here we are getting closer to Louisiana which you can see on the flag pole banner.20161013_142315

The actual Mississippi River right next to the River Walk. Cool beans like Madisyn and I like to say!20161013_142518

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This mini version of the Mississippi is situated right next to the real Mississippi River.  It is also in the middle of several buildings surrounding it that normally have interesting things to do in them.  It is also landscaped quite nicely throughout with the kind of foliage you would see as you go down the river towards the Deep South.

Our hometown of New Orleans


These photos depict the Mississippi emptying into the Gulf of Mexico.

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When our oldest son was a toddler we took him down to Pilottown right on the Gulf of Mexico.  Tried to find pictures we took that day but I couldn’t find them. These maps were stationed all along the river’s pathway.20161013_143235

This is  me standing in the swamp land out in the Gulf with the Memphis skyline to my back!20161013_143350 20161013_143446

This was not a good time of the year to visit what is probably a bustling really nice facility during the summer months.  Other activities there were closed down but since the weather was so nice it was a great day for what we did get to see which was all outside.

I am writing this on Friday and it has poured down rain all day today.  This area hasn’t seen rain in over a month so it is much needed.  The recent cooler weather and this rain ought to help the trees change their leaf color more soon!  The rain delayed my plans to see more of the surrounding area today.  That will wait till Saturday now!  We are leaving in a few minutes to eat dinner at this RV Resorts Friday night dinner at the Bistro, fried catfish, fries and hush puppies!

Roy’s been enjoying the open areas here getting to fly his plane.  He can do loopty loops now really well!  There is also a firing range here where he took his pistol to shoot the other day.  Said it wasn’t great for his hearing afterwards, his ears hurt!

Monday we go to Bartlett (near Memphis) to see Roy’s knee surgeon for his final follow up.  I am hoping that the leaves have changed a lot in their color when we go on Monday.  That will be our last opportunity to see Tennessee trees before heading south to the Gulf Coast on Wednesday.

Here’s a sneak peak at what our next blog will be about – yes we voted!  We are Madison, SD residents and voted by mail in ballot!  All signed and mailed!!


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10.12.16 Check out Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 –  We haven’t been doing much exploring the last few days so I thought I’d share our Wacky Wonderful Wednesday blog with our Dora and the Explorers followers.  If you like this, click here to see more of our weekly Wednesday blogs.  Here it is – Enjoy!


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QUOTES FROM ANN VOSKAMP, Author of A Holy Experience

“When we can’t bottle our tears up anymore, God catches every one in His bottle. God’s catching every falling tear because He won’t let us fall apart.”

“In a storm of struggles, I have tried to control the elements, clasp the fist tight so as to protect self and happiness. But stress can be an addiction, and worry can be our lunge for control, and we forget the answer to this moment is always yes because of Christ.”

“Giving thanks is that: making the canyon of pain into a megaphone to proclaim the ultimate goodness of God when Satan and all the world would sneer at us to recant.”


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In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.

“How much is an ice cream sundae?”

“50 cents,” replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied a number of coins in it.

“How much is a dish of plain ice cream?” he inquired. Some people were now waiting for a table and the waitress was a bit impatient.

“35 cents,” she said brusquely.

The little boy again counted the coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and departed.

When the waitress came back, she began wiping down the table and then swallowed hard at what she saw.

There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were 15 cents – her tip.







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10.07.16 Bush’s Beans, Pigeon Forge and the Apple Barn

Roy, Rosalyn and Duke, the Bush’s Beans dog with the Secret Recipe!

Friday, October 7, 2016 – We left Dandridge, Tennessee this morning and are traveling across the state to Hornsby, TN which is about 75 miles east of Memphis.  It is a full days drive. Roy will see his knee surgeon for a follow up while we are there.

On Tuesday we went to see several things in and around Pigeon Forge.  We’ve stayed in Pigeon Forge before and saw a lot the first time. This visit, other than Dollywood, included a few special stops. Most of these photos are clickable to enlarge.

First stop today was at the Bush’s Beans visitors center located at 3901 US 411 in Dandridge, TN.  You probably know that the spokesperson Jay has a trusty dog, Duke, who always wants to give away the Bush Family’s Secret Recipe. header_visitorscenter2x_0

We started off by touring the museum and having our photo taken with Duke.  The photo is in the upper left at the beginning of this post.



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We then watched a 20 minute video about the family with some really funny spots about Duke.  The video also included a peek inside the workings of the Bush Bean factory–from fields to our shelves in the grocery store. It really gave us a great appreciation for this company. It was interesting to learn that they use water from mountain streams to make their beans & the water eventually gets returned to their fields through an irrigation system. Really interesting video!

At one end of the complex is the Bush Family Cafe.  We did not eat there but have heard it’s a great place to stop.  It was full with people waiting outside when we left.  Guess that means its popular at least!20161004_123655After the video we did some shopping in the store.  We found several Bush’s products we’ve never tried before so we bought those and other goodies before leaving there.


It was a great experience and I highly recommend visiting it if you’re in this area.  From start to finish, it was a great FREE tour.

Bush’s Baked Beans candies!!

From there we went into Pigeon Forge which is an amazing town with lots of attractions at every turn.  We came upon a Crafts Fair under a huge red and white striped tent in Patriot Park.  We (strike that we and insert I) enjoyed walking through and seeing all the uniquely Tennessee items for sale.  Found a few I had to buy for others and we were back on our way.

The first photo below is of Wonderworks.  We visited there our first time in Pigeon Forge.  It’s a wonderfully fun place for children and even adults.  We didn’t go back this time so we could check out more things.

ww-pigeon-forge-bldThe beautiful Smoky Mountains.rainy-weather-in-the-smoky-mountains pigeon-forge just-down-the-road-fromab_logo_140hWe ate at the Apple Barn Restaurant, Cider Mill and Store about 5 years ago.  Remembering it well we went back again today to wrap up this outing in Pigeon Forge.  The meal started off with delicious apple fritters and their homemade apple butter.  Roy got his favorite liver and onions.  I got a four veggie platter with dumplins, sweet potatoes, amazing broccoli casserole and fried okra.  A Southern comfort meal for sure!

20161004_165131 20161004_161420 20161004_164902the-apple-barnthe-apple-barn-with-signfront-interior-of-theI came away from there with fresh baked apple bread, apple butter, apple spiced tea bags, a bag of dried apples and a bag of apple crisp mix.  All things apple are great in my book!

Well, we’ve seen a lot and had a lot of fun while in this part of Tennessee.  Wednesday and Thursday were spent resting and working!  On to our next stop in our travels! The tree leaves are starting to change a lot here and I am looking forward to seeing a lot of that in the next two weeks!

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