Tuesday, August 19, 2008


By popular demand, I’m posting one more shot of the kayaking trip, with Jeff firmly planted into the hull of Ron’s kayak! It was a little wobbly at first, but he finally got his balance and enjoyed the short trip back to terra firma!

Jeff’s experiment reassured me that I’m not down to my kayaking weight yet!

After refreshing from the float trip, we headed for Gatlinburg, as posted previously.

Thursday began with a feast at the Wild Wings Café noon buffet, where we did ourselves proud, leaving a large basket of “carnage” to prove our worthiness!

The waitress was so intrigued by our capacity and the “Shandy’s” Judy and Denise kept ordering that she asked if she could document the occasion, but we refused to allow them to post either shot over the bar!

Later, we dropped the girls off at Khol’s and headed for the Leaf & Ale to peruse the cigars! We both have plenty, but true to male form, we bought a few more!

Next Jeff and I drove over to Bailey’s Sports Grill for a quick Yuengling draft. I haven’t been there in some time, but we enjoyed the short visit. The place seems to have been spruced up since my last visit, and I’ve kind of been missing the place. We didn’t get anything to eat, of course, because we were saving ourselves for Los Primos in Harriman!

At around 6:30 we met up with Terri and Steve and Charlotte and Gary for another feast…this time Mexican! You couldn’t tell we were still full from Wild Wings, and the large Dos Equis drafts and margaritas went down easy!

Later Jeff and I relaxed on the porch and listened to my MP3 “party tunes” while Denise and Judy watched the Olympics. Jeff and I always enjoy the porch time the best. This is where we do our deep thinking and male bonding!

Early Friday morning Judy and I met them at the Cracker Barrel for a send off breakfast. True to form, Jeff, Judy, and I stuffed ourselves while Denise nibbled on sour dough toast.

How do those cherry topped pancakes look?!

Jeff and Denise left at 9:30, on their way to Graceland. There plan was to leave Saturday morning on the last 7 or 8 hour leg of their vacation.

I’ll have to admit, they wore me out, ‘cause I’m not used to getting up at 7 each morning and staying awake all day! However, it was a grand time and I loved their visit immensely and especially getting to meet Denise. These two kids are good for each other and enjoy life to the fullest. We need folks to get us off our dead asses occasionally and these two fit the bill.

I told them as they left that I would get into shape about two weeks early next trip! Naw, it wasn’t all that rough on me, it was great fun.

We love you guys…and we are looking forward to next year’s visit. We already know what one or two days will involve…the outlet malls in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville!

Yep, you should have seen Denise’s eyes light up when we pointed out the Red and Green Roof Malls in Pigeon Forge, and the Tanger Outlets in Sevierville, Tennessee! I guess Jeff and I will pass the time at the Smoky Mountain Knife Works and the Brewery!

Ya’ll come!


Les Becker said...

I've always considered the look of a kayak to be "svelt", but with Hairy in one... well, it reminds me of those toy boats in the bathtub. :-)

Thanks, for the shot, Mushy.

Shrinky said...

Oh wow, you guys sure know how to enjoy a good time together, looks like you had a blast. I've promised myself to do a UK tour next year to meet up with a couple of bloggers I've grown to know and love too. I doubt we'll be able to top this one though.

You and Jeff, you sure have forged a solid bond together, it's lovely to see.

pat houseworth said...

Great times, great friends, great food....glad you guys had the weather to go with it.

Michele said...

Wow, we found the same outlets on our last trip to Tenn,,,imagine that!

~Fathairybastard~ said...

It was a wonderful time, and we will be back next year. That Smokey Mountain Knife Works store is callin' to me, but maybe not quite as loudly as Wild Wings, or those Black & Tans on draft in G'burg. Isn't that where we had them? It's all blurring now.

We packed so much into such a short time, but we have to. Maybe some day we'll be able to make more than one trip a year, so we can relaz a bit more.

I also wanna say that while I look loaded in about half of these pictures I really wasn't! Well, yea, I got a bit toasted after that last Yuengling at Bailey's, but I think that was the only time.

I also wanna say that if there was one thing I could have done more of, it was the porch time. I can never get enough of that. Maybe by the time you guys get around to coming down here I'll have a porch that we can chill on. Truely something to work on. Love ya bro. Lookin' forward to '09.

Becky said...

I just read all of your posts on their visit and it sounds (and looks) like you guys had a lot of fun!

BRUNO said...

Good Lord! Look at the carnage that big hairy dude left behind! I can only assume those bones were CHICKEN, and not one of your servers...?