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What I did for my birthday…

June 7, 2010

I turned 38 on my birthday last weekend. There was one thing I wanted to do. Since I was 13, I wanted to go to Dollywood. Yes- you read it right..DOLLYWOOD!

I expected a whole lot of cheesiness! I was surprised. The park itself is awesome. Very well landscaped and nestled in the hills, so it is gorgeous to look at. There are many kids rides, so if you have kids it is a good place to go. There are 3 main roller coasters right now- Tennessee Tornado, Thunderhead, and the Mystery Mine.

The Tennessee Tornado was a steel coaster that had a few surprises up its sleeve. The Mystery Mine was awesome!!! I can not describe this ride or I will ruin it for you. The Thunderhead is probably the best wooden coaster I have ever been on.

There were a few rides that were low key but fun. River Battle is one of these rides. You move around a pond on a barge and shoot other boats with water pumped from the pond. The spectators even get to battle with you.

River Battle

Unfortunately- I can not recommend the shows here. A little bit of a let down. It hurts to say that. 😦 I also had to ignore the religious tone everywhere. Was not too hard, but it was there.

I did a few other things while in the area this weekend. I will post about those separately – including my visit to Gatlinburg and my adventure Ziplining at Dollywood.


Assateague Island National Seashore

August 3, 2008

We go to the Eastern Shore most weekends to get away from the city bustle. Last weekend we went to the beach at Assateague Island National Seashore. The beach is beautiful and it is pretty cool to have the wild horses just standing on the beach along side sunbathers and kite flyers.The park has excellent bike paths and miles of awesome white beaches.

A couple words of caution to make this enjoyable..

  1. Horse poop is all around. This is a wild pony haven.
  2. Take a sunblock WITH insect repellent. The sand flea bites can be annoying and you won;t realize how bad you got them until you leave.

Here are a few pictures of the ponies from our visit.