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Welcome to the travels of Doug and Nada. We love the Lord and are traveling full-time in our motorhome with our German Shepherd, Homer. Homer is the star attraction wherever we stop and he gets us talking and sharing with many people. DON'T FORGET: YOU CAN ENLARGE EACH PHOTO BY CLICKING ON THE PHOTO! The newest blog post is at the top and they go back in time as you scroll down. If you want to see each photo larger, you can just click on the photo and it will enlarge. If you decide to leave a comment, don't forget to sign it so we know who left it. ;-) Folks: This site is under continual construction as we travel and see this beautiful country. Check back for more updates and photos. Thanks for visiting with us! May God bless your day!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Pigeon Forge, TN dinner theater

Last evening we went to a dinner theater performance. We saw "Frankly Scarlet... You're Dead" - a murder mystery show. Doug and other audience members even had stand-up parts in the show.
Here are some scenes from the show.

Doug with the cast members.

And for our friend Bruce, part owner of a coal mine, we snapped this photo of a Kentucky license plate on a coal-black pickup truck. If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you'll see it says "Friends of Coal" and "Coal Keeps the Lights On." Bruce, you need one of these! ;-D

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Gatlinburg and Ober Gatlinburg 4/13/2010

SNOW!!! Yes that is snow in this first photo!

I took the afternoon off of the convention work and we went to Gatlinburg up in the mountains at the north entrance to Smokey Mountain National Park. Finally I got to ride the Tram to Ober Gatlinburg! Yea! We have been here 3 other years and one time it was rainy and foggy while here. The second time, the Tram was shutdown for service changing from winter ski season to summer tourist season. The third time it was beautiful and sunny but thunderstorms rolled in and they stopped running the tram. This time I finally got to ride it!

These photos are all taken on the tram and show the beautiful views of the mountains. We had never realized all the cabins and cottages that are built on the mountain sides. There are thousands of them.

The view above is from our table where we ate lunch at the top of the tram. It is not the top of the mountain. From here, you take the ski lifts up to the very top of the mountain. There was snow left over - they just closed the skiing down two weeks ago. It is hard to imagine people were skiing two weeks ago since our temps have been in the 80's.

The above photo is the two runs of the Alpine Slide - they look like white tire paths. It is a dry sled-type of ride that comes down the mountain.

The above photo shows the tram coming up to the upper station. The photo below shows the black bears they have on exhibit.

The rest of these photos are scenes from our trip down the mountain.....

The upcoming tram passes us on our way down. You can see Gatlinburg down in the valley just to the left of the tram.

Click on the above photo and see some of the blooming dogwood and redbud trees. In the photo below you can see our Lexus parked right in front of the white building.

Mark_sm.jpg (43432 bytes)After our tram ride we drove the Artist Loop and stopped at Smokey Mountain Dulcimers where I got my dulcimer last year. Mark Edelman was very encouraging to this floundering player!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Pigeon Forge, TN 4/11/10

Today after church today we went to eat at the Old Mill Restaurant in Pigeon Forge. It was a favorite restaurant from last year and the food is still delicious. Then later today we took a drive around Pigeon Forge so I could take some photos. So here ya go....

The Smokey Mountains weren't so "smokey" today since the humidity was low. As we drove around, I tried to snap some photos of unique places.

Stages West, below, is one of our favorite stores. Doug has purchased his Ariats and sports coats there and I bought my Ariats there, too. It is a quaint western store.

This weekend was the grand opening for the new entertainment complex The Titantic complete with an iceberg on the other side. It sounds like it is an interesting museum/entertainment - it certainly is in a unique style building.

Next we stopped at Christmas Village. It is the largest Christmas store I have ever been in and we ended up on visual sensory overload!

Checkout the Santa and sleigh in the photo above. The stars in the sky twinkled and a train was running around the edge of the room. In the photo below, the train is crossing the bridge from one side of the room to the other.

The photo below was taken from upstairs. Santa and his sleigh is coming around the corner at the other end of the room.

Pigeon Forge, TN 4/10/2010

We drove from Red Bay to Pigeon Forge, TN on 4/6. We'll stay here in Pigeon Forge until 4/20 when we will leave for Hershey, PA. We have been having some down time for the last 4 days. I have been spending long hours on work for the CHAP Convention in May. Doug has been doing routine things to the motorhome. Homer has been chasing the ducks that are all over since we are camped right on Walden's Creek. I'll get some photos posted in the next few days. ;-D

Tiffin Motorhome factory, Red Bay, AL 3/30-4/5

We arrived in Red Bay, Alabama at the Tiffin Motorhome factory to have routine maintenance done on the coach, to have a foggy window replaced (the seal on the thermopane gave way), and some more modifications to our cabinets. Doug decided to drive the 12 hour drive from Houston in two days – 11 hours one day and 1 hour the next day! He wanted to make our appointment at 9 AM Monday for the yearly oil/lub etc. I just worked on the computer while he was driving so the time flew by. We also talked a lot with our friends Bruce and Mary Ann who were driving from Atlanta to Hershey PA. The world of cell phones and internet access on the go!
While in Red Bay, we took the factory tour again. It is fun seeing the motorhomes built. Now the Tiffin Tour is not like any other factory tour... You are right in there with the techs who are working. We marvel that we are able to do that. Everything in the south is laid back more than we northerners ever are on our slowest day! The techs talk with you, answer your questions, etc. I must have taken a hundred photos... some are Allegros, some Phaetons, and some Allegro Buses (our model). I just put a couple of photos here for you to get an idea of factory.

Above, some finished Phaetons and Allegro Buses ready for delivery to the dealers.

Above, the back of a Phaeton.

Above, Red is the tour guide. He has worked for Tiffin since the beginning and is 88 years old. He gives two tours every day and each tour last 2 to 3 hours depending on how many questions are being asked.

The photo above shows two roofs ready to lifted by the crane onto the roof of the motorhome which is behind me where I am taking the photo.

Now the photo above is for our son and daughter-in-law, Vicky. On our tour was a young couple who are buying a new Allegro Bus. They are "storm damage chasers" 9 months out of the year. They actually follow storm damage to vehicles from hail and remove the dents from the vehicles. When they aren't chasing the weather, they are rock crawling with their Jeeps. Josh and Vicky love to do the rock crawling.

Above, there goes one of those roofs up and over to the motorhome, below. This is a front engine motorhome hence the wooden back which will later have the end cap put on over the wood.

Above a porcelain tile floor is about to be lifted over onto the chassis of the Allegro Bus.

Doug is talking in the photo above to Jim who is there watching his new motorhome be built. The chassis had just come in to the factory and was beginning its journey.