MUSHY'S MOOCHINGS: DAY TWO – DENISE AND JEFF IN TENNESSEE

Friday, August 15, 2008

DAY TWO – DENISE AND JEFF IN TENNESSEE

Wednesday morning began at 8:30 down by the Emory River in Harriman. Ron met us (Denise, Jeff, and me) with his canoe and kayak, and took them up stream as far as the river would allow, ending at the shallow rapids about an hour away.


I sat, well…I really laid back, read my new Cormac McCarthy book and took a short nap! It wasn’t long before Jeff and Denise came paddling around the bend and into sight, with Ron just behind.


After beaching the boats, Jeff decided he needed to try out Ron’s kayak, but soon understood that kayaks are for little fellers!


Just like the day before, Jeff showed off his lung capacity by sucking on a stogie while working out with the paddle. Me…well, I’d have to have oxygen hooked up! The day before on the hike, I suddenly smelled smoke and noticed that while I was laboring for air, Jeff was walking calmly along toking on his cigar! I was impressed!


Around 1PM Judy and I headed out for Gatlinburg, going in the back way through Townsend, TN, and showing the beautiful drive through the Smoky Mountains and into the south side of Gatlinburg.


We first rode the “Sky Liftup the mountain to get a grand view of the little valley where Gatlinburg is nestled. Then Jeff wanted to see the celebrity cars at “Star Cars”, while Judy and Denise shopped.


We then got tickets for the ski tram that takes you to “Ober Gatlinburg”. It was fun watching Denise as the tram moved up the mountain at a steady 17 mph…she’s a bit uneasy with heights! She and Jeff rode the “Pirate Ship” in the mountain top amusement park; Jeff had to cut it short since the sensation was just a bit too much for her.


We then settled down to a couple of nice “normal” Yuenglings, while Denise converted Judy to her “Shandy”. She even intrigued me enough that I tasted of it…not bad, but I like “real” beer taste!


Back down the mountain, we went decided to drop a hundred dollars or so each at “The Peddler”! They come by the table with a large slab of ribeye and New York strip steak, and you get to guide the “peddler’s” hand as he cuts you custom slice of juicy steak! I was so filled by the salad bar that I had to get a “to go box” for over half my steak and baked potato!


We didn’t get back to Harriman until around 10 PM, so since they planned to leave Thursday, we wanted them to get plenty of sleep. Well, we woke this morning to the good news that they were staying an extra day!


More about the extra day soon…


I’m sure Jeff will be a lot more descriptive of his travels once he gets back and catches up!

12 comments:

Les Becker said...

Looks like you guys had a grand ol' time! I would have loved to see a shot of Hairy trying to fit into a kayak...!

Suldog said...

I'm with Les. I'd pay good money for that shot :-)

catscratch said...

Yay! I'm glad you guys made such good use of time! Sounds like it was awesome!

Grandpa-Old Soldier said...

What a way to spend a few days.

pat houseworth said...

Thanks for the phone call, sounds like you guys had a great end to this summer season...time for FHB to get back to the grind!

;(

Olga, the Traveling Bra said...

Looks like a BLAST! I can hardly wait.....

:)

BRUNO said...

Gonna take you a full week to get back into your routine after the FHB!

It'll sound so quiet around your house, you'll be able to hear a mouse fart...

Mushy said...

Ha, I did earlier, but it was the dog!

Michele said...

Sounds like fun was had by all!! What a great way to live life!

~Fathairybastard~ said...

More great times. Yea, I couldn't get my legs into that kayak, as you see in the next post, but once I started paddlin' I was ok. Need to find one of those I fit in and give it a proper try.

Mushy and Judy drove us all over the place and showed us around and it was wonderful.

When Denise woke me up Thursday and asked me if I wanted to stay another day I started to cry. Truth is, I never want to leave when I get to Mushy and Judy's place. It's so much like home

We'd planned to drive to Memphis and then get home late Friday, but I guess Denise recognized how much I wanted to keep the good times going. Truth is, she knows how much you guys mean to me, and she was having a good time too. But when she woke me up and said those words to me Thursday morning she was giving me a huge gift. It was wonderful.

Mushy said...

She gave us both a gift and I'm grateful!

*Goddess* said...

That kayaking looks fun. Getting in and out of that little boat...not so fun.