Last night - I drove my husband plum nuts. And - I can’t say it was in such a - good way - that I would - otherwise impose.
We went out on what men would consider to be - a Chick Date - I guess. I say that because of the following.
Unlike the pissing and moaning I could have done - like - when we went fishing at Reelfoot Lake - and my kidneys ended up bruised from sitting in a John Boat for a few days - in the middle of a 12 foot
It’s just different - as far as they’re concerned - when it doesn’t include fishing hooks - stink bait - gunpowder - or - Camo.
Actually - to an extent - it did include gunpowder. But first - we had to make a little drive to get there. For everybody familiar with the Texas Gulf Coast area - it was like driving from Galveston - to Spring - in the middle of the afternoon commute.
And we had to park way in the back - and walk. I wore heels.
And we - both - had to go pee when we got there. Oh, C'mon - everybody does that! Even all the hoards of people herding into the joint! But - I compromised. I was fair. I kept our place in line and let him go first.
Yep! We hit Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee!
And I don’t care what complaints my husband may have - I have no qualms about telling on him. He did a lot of smiling - laughing - oooohing - and aaaahing. Okay - well - maybe not the oooohing and aaaahing. More like - “ That was pretty cool ! “
There are signs that say not to use cameras. The flash on cameras can/will cause nightmares.
Do the math - 1096 human beings eating dinner with their fingers - livestock animals - loud speakers - fireworks. Put all that together with one more thing - like - cameras flashing all around the joint.
Smart people go ahead and use their cameras - because they know how to use them - and they shut off the flash!
And thank God! Because tails even come up for - special events - without cameras flashing. Even while human beings are eating - with their fingers.
There was so much going on - while we ate. The entire show was packed full of furious fun and entertainment!
I was lucky to get any shots - period. I mean - my hands were dealing with Creamy Vegetable Soup - Roasted Cornish Game Hen - Smoked Pork Tenderloin - Biscuit - Corn on the Cob - Baked Potato Half with Herbs - and iced tea in a canning jar - most of the time! My most favorite was the fried Apple pies - made with Philo pastry!!
But don’t feel sorry for me. I got to eat my dinner while it was hot - unlike a few others.
Feel sorry for these grown adults - on stick horses - some from the North - some from the South - refreshing minds about the war between the North and the South.
And the kids that were yanked out of their seats to chase chickens in a race. ( But they did get something else really - really special - from Dolly! Books - from her Imagination Library Program ! )
Oh, there was the young lady that kept disappearing out of barrels on wagons that were running around - like the shell game. She was afraid of horses. But she managed to jump from one wagon to another so fast that I couldn’t even get a blurry picture of her!
There was so much competition - and it was fun! I didn't even manage to catch half of it all in photos. Believe it or not - the South won most of the races and competition on this particular night!
And some of that competition was real - these guys were current logger competitors from around the country!
They helped with the part about when the west was won - later - down the road in history.
And this guy - Skeeter - he was all over the place! And he was hilarious!
It was so awesome! It was educational! It was entertaining - exciting - and included interaction with all of us while we were eating dinner!
And even before all of that…
Guess who came to say hello and sing a song for us during the Pre-Show!
This was a special weekend for Dolly Parton. All the proceeds collected this weekend from The Dixie Stampede - Splash Country - and Dollywood are being donated to help flood victims from the storms that hit Tennessee during the first week of this month!
I was so overwhelmed! I got to enjoy spending a few minutes sitting in the same room with Dolly Parton - listening to her sing. I love to listen to her sing!!!
And for the very last photo - I’m gonna pull a stunt.
GO! Make plans and - Just DO IT!