Sunday, December 18, 2016

 It's December, but I wanted to go ahead and finish the post about our trip!  Don't judge me!  It was one of my bucket list trips, so I have to document it here!  We drove to Pigeon Forge, TN and went to Dollywood.  Dollywood is Dolly Parton's theme park.  It's set in the Great Smokey Mountains, which could not be more beautiful...I was blown away.  

I started loving Dolly Parton because of her roll as Truvy in Steel Magnolias, one of my favorite movies.  When I realized how many of the songs I knew that were actually written by her I started paying more attention to her music.  Now I'm a big fan.  She was raised in a tiny log cabin with her 10 (I think?) siblings.  To think of everything she's done blows me away!  She is a huge personality and I just love her. 

Dollywood has rides, a water park, a steam engine, a bald eagle sanctuary, a recreation of Dolly's Tennessee mountain home, Dolly's former tour bus, lots of shows,and my personal favorite--Chasing Rainbows.  Chasing Rainbows is a basically a Dolly Parton museum.  She has some of her awards there, information and items from her life, costumes, HANDWRITTEN LYRICS...you get the picture.  First off...when you enter the museum, you're greeted by a talking, singing DOLLY PARTON HOLOGRAM.  I was dying.  The other amazing part of the park was seeing the show, "My People".  It's a musical that includes a lot of her family members to show what life was like for the family growing up in Locust Ridge, TN.  It was so good!

Shall we kick off the photos with this gem of these cuties on the Busy Bees? Ok.


Hooray for Dollywood!

 You guys!  This pie weighs 25 pounds!

Dolly!


Looking around Dolly's old tour bus...





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 Listening to some Dolly Parton!






This trip was amazing...my bucket list is officially shorter!