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Pigeon Forge, TN – Day 2

Day 2 of our time here in Pigeon Forge began with some ducks waddling around our RV site after some overnight rain. I let Emme out to go potty and she took off after the ducks. I called her back and she stopped. The ducks were a bit startled but did not fly away. I think they’re used to being around people. It was funny watching them. They were using their bills in the water logged grass and shallow pools of water, pushing forward. Not sure if they were drinking water of eating something out of the grass.
Ducks

We stayed warm in the RV last night. The overnight lows were in the low-20s. We ran the fireplace all night and had the gas furnace set to run if needed and we think it ran a few times. It’s 40 outside now (9 am) and we’re supposed to see 54 this afternoon with showers this afternoon and evening.
Pigeon Forge, TN Weather - 10-Jan-2014

After breakfast, we went to the Tanger Outlets. We went to the Le Creuset store first. We ended up getting a round griddle pan “on-sale” that should work well on our induction cooktop at home. May even be able to make some crepes on it 🙂 After Le Creuset, we went to the Tools Direct store, the Corelle-Ware store, the Kitchen Essentials store and the Harry and David store. Didn’t buy much of anything at these stores.

For lunch, it was Five Guys – yum! Just as we began to eat our food, in walks 6 of our neighbors from Crossville. We knew they were coming to the RV show but didn’t know they be eating lunch at Five Guys and at the same time as us. It was a fun surprise. We all ended up eating together. Here’s the meal Nancy and I had.

It was a triple - but we split it :)
It was a triple – but we split it 🙂

After lunch, Nancy dropped me at the LeConte Center so I could work the Smoky Mountain RV Show with Byrd M in the RVs For Less display. Show attendance wasn’t overwhelming today, but we kept busy. Our Gardens friends showed up and spent time in our display. We watched the Lumberjack Feud competition too. It was right behind our display. And it was LOUD!

Lumberjack Feud!
Lumberjack Feud!

Here’s Byrd M at her Heartland Owners Club – TN Chapter table. Thank you Byrd and Nathan for all you do for the club!

Byrd M at her club table
Byrd M at her club table

Heartland Owners Club – KY Chapter Leader, Ken H showed up at the show this afternoon too. He and Faye are on their way to the Tampa show like us. After the show, Ken, Faye, Nancy and I and Howard and Linda P of RV-Dreams all met for dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse. Great dinner and conversation!

Dinner tonight at Longhorn Steakhouse in Pigeon Forge, TN - Nancy and I, Ken and Faye H and Howard and Linda P.
Dinner tonight at Longhorn Steakhouse in Pigeon Forge, TN – Nancy and I, Ken and Fay H and Howard and Linda P.

Back at the RV tonight to do this blog post, edit a bunch of show pictures I took today, then get them posted on Heartland’s Facebook page.

There are 3 Heartland Landmarks on display at the Smoky Mountain RV Show in the RVs For Less display.
There are 3 Heartland Landmarks on display at the Smoky Mountain RV Show in the RVs For Less display.

Tanger Outlets, Ole Smoky Moonshine, Mellow Mushroom Pizza and Kilwin’s Ice Cream – Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN – Day 3

This morning, we headed over to the Tanger Outlets on the Parkway in Sevierville. What a “mob scene” the mall was! You’d have thought they were giving product away. I could not find a regular parking spot for the beast, so I parked in an alleyway between two buildings, backed up to a loading dock. A stealth spot I guess, albeit not completely legal.

Stealth Parking Spot - Tanger Outlets - Sevierville, TN
Stealth Parking Spot – Tanger Outlets – Sevierville, TN

We came home for lunch. We ate our Bistro MD food. Good stuff and colorful today too!

Our lunch today.  This is our Bistro MD food.  Good stuff!
Our lunch today. This is our Bistro MD food. Good stuff!

Our friends Dave and Amy G arrived at our place after lunch and the four of us headed over to Gatlinburg. It’s only 8 miles away but it took over a half hour to get there. Half that time was spent at the edge of town as the Gatlinburg weekend traffic, even in the off-season is crazy busy.

We walked around town, visiting small shops and seeing the sights. One area we walked around in was Village Shops. We stopped into a shop called Zi Olive. They carry many olive oils, vinegars and related items. We tasted oils and vinegars and bought some too.

Our purchases from Zi Olive.  Not pictured is some yummy looking tomato-basil-herb pasta.
Our purchases from Zi Olive. Not pictured is some yummy looking tomato-basil-herb pasta.

One of the sights we saw was The Mellow Mushroom restaurant. We decided we’d eat here later for dinner.

The Mellow Mushroom Pizza - We had Holy Shitake Pie - Gatlinburg, TN
The Mellow Mushroom Pizza – Gatlinburg, TN

We made a special visit to the Ole Smoky Moonshine “Holler”

Ole Smoky Moonshine - Gatlinburg, TN
Ole Smoky Moonshine – Gatlinburg, TN
Ole Smoky Moonshine - Gatlinburg, TN
Ole Smoky Moonshine “Holler” – Gatlinburg, TN

We’ve never really tried moonshine before. The four of us sampled it all at the tasting bar. They gave us 12 tiny samples in all. Some good, some not so good.

Ole Smoky Moonshine - The Moonshine Sampling Bar - Gatlinburg, TN
Ole Smoky Moonshine – The Moonshine Sampling Bar – Gatlinburg, TN

Nancy and I bought 2 jars of shine. One Apple Pie and one Moonshine Cherries. They also have a large selection of private labeled dips, salsas, hot sauces, jellies and pickled vegetables, plus a large apparel store.

Here's our purchases from Ole Smoky Moonshine.
Here’s our purchases from Ole Smoky Moonshine.

At dinner time, we headed over to The Mellow Mushroom. Nancy and I had the Holy Shitake Pie. Here’s what’s on it: Olive oil and garlic base, Shiitake, button and Portobello mushrooms, caramelized onions, mozzarella and Montamore cheeses. Drizzled with garlic aioli and black truffle oil. Garnished with fresh chives and shaved Parmesan. It was amazing!

The Mellow Mushroom Pizza - Gatlinburg, TN
The Mellow Mushroom Pizza – Gatlinburg, TN

No pictures, but after dinner, we walked down to Kilwin’s Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop for some ice cream. I’d give it a 3 out of 5. Nothing great. Should have stopped at Ben and Jerry’s – you always know what it’s going to be like there 🙂

While we walked a bit more yesterday, we stilled walked over 10,000 steps today! Good stuff.

My Fitbit stats for today - 7-Dec-2013
My Fitbit stats for today – 7-Dec-2013

Today was another great day sightseeing with friends.