We finally got our landscaping completed on Tuesday of last week. Our landscaper, Brian Cabe, put 6 “little evergreen trees” in along the side of our site. There is a proper name for the little trees that will only grow to 8 feet tall in about 10 years or so and not be but 30 inches in diameter-but I don’t remember it. Brian also added new mulch to refresh what was already on the site. He also laid down some more gravel to the front of the lot where we park the truck and golf cart. Below are some before and after pictures.
We were planning on taking a day trip to Gatlinburg on Tuesday but postponed it until Wednesday. The weather was nice but hot in Tennessee. We bought 6 candles at 3 different places in the Crafters Loop to see what kind we really like so that we can go back in October and buy some more. Another stop on the loop, Misty Mountain Soap Company, has very nice lotions and soaps for sale in their new facility in the Crafters Loop. Their Mountain Energy lotion is very good for softening up the skin and just smells great! We bought a present there for Barbie’s friend Linda whose birthday was Sept. 4. Next door to this place is More Than Just Candles. They sell a soap that you use to wash dogs with and it is supposed to leave in all the great oils that dogs are supposed to possess. We will see if that works. Barbie usually uses baby shampoo to wash Kozmo.
After leaving the Crafters Loop we headed for Pigeon Forge. We didn’t have enough time to tour Cades Cove this trip or visit freinds Tom and Wendy, formerly of Rock Crusher Canyon where we winter. We did stop for a big treat at A & W Root Beer in Sevierville. We both got root beer floats for our lunch and nothing more. They were delicious! Next time we head up there we will have to call Wendy and Tom in advance to be sure they aren’t working at Dollywood and have some lunch with them. This trip was so busy that we knew we wouldn’t have enough time to see them. If you are reading this Wendy and Tom, see you in October.
The only “disgusting” thing on the trip was a stop in Cherokee at a picnic area. Kozmo had to go “take care of business” and the area was just as we were going into the Smoky Mountain Park. The smell was terrible. It smelled like garbage had been strewn across the area and never cleaned up. We hurried up and got out of there after she did her business, but will never stop there again.
I was getting ready during the week for the DJ’ing I was doing here in River Vista on Saturday, Sept. 3. My play list is getting very extensive. It took a few hours to go through it and pick my songs for the Street Dance. I stopped on Friday evening long enough for us to head to Clayton to see Brad Garrett play at the Rock House Park, which is next door to Praters Books. Brad, during the days this summer, has been working on remodeling the cabin next to us. He and his band played from 6 to 8 P.M. and they were GREAT!!! They were going to play at Main Street Bar and Grill from 9 to midnight that same night. Brad has a very nice voice and played many good country songs. There wasn’t much of a crowd but the atmosphere was neat.
We ate at Zaxby’s for dinner before heading for the concert. We just love Zaxby’s! When we head back to Crystal River in November, I guess we will have withdrawal symptoms until we find one close by. I think the closest one is in Ocala, an hour’s drive. :-( We probably would go that distance, since another favorite restaurant of ours is Tijuana Flats and that is located in Ocala, also.
Saturday, Sept. 3 was a great day. The campground was almost full. We counted 8 empty sites. Children were everywhere with adults either cooking out or just enjoying the pool area. There was a barbeque supplied by River Vista from 6 to 7. They served grilled chicken, baked beans, potato salad and a roll plus iced tea. It was very good! I DJed from 6 to 10 that night.
It started to rain about 6:10 but it didn’t last that long. How do you like my new banner? You wouldn’t believe how many dancers there were in the street during the night. Of the four “Street Dances” we’ve done this summer, this was the largest crowd with the most dancers.
We had kids and adults dancing to the oldies, country and dance favorites. I think the Cha Cha Slide drew the largest crowd. Everyone was having a great time. It was really funny that little kids come up to request Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus songs, which I don’t have in my repertoire.
People were starting to leave the campground on Sunday because of the threat of Tropical Storm Lee and the rains on the way. It did start to rain last night around 11. We put all of our things away since we are leaving for Valrico Tuesday morning. It has been raining off and on today. Poor Kozmo got drenched the two times Barbie took her out, but she loves to get dried off. I have a dentist and doctors’ appointments on Wednesday and Thursday of this week in Valrico. We hope to leave Valrico on Friday and head back up to Dillard so we can start getting ready for our vacation to PA, NJ, NY, and NC.
Until next time….