365 Challenge: Day 195 – Smoky

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Smoky: The Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina where I spent my entire day — at the Dolly Parton Dream More resort and amusement park.

Below are about twenty pictures I took today with a few captions all about the trip! More to come in separate posts, i.e. the smoke from the train that stalled due to a passenger’s medical alert, the various names I kept calling Pigeon Forge, the town where this resides and the humor from seeing Dolly Parton memorabilia all day!


Entrance to the resort where we stayed


Sadly, this doesn’t start until 9/28, but they were beginning to set up for it


Random singers all over the park


A replica of Dolly’s childhood home (2 room wooden house)


Walking around the booths and shops


Eagles in the trees in the top middle of the picture


Random pictures of the park


Entrance to the mine


Pumpkin Fun


No clue, but it was hilarious


Me sun burnt playing my own music in the park


Old cars on the property


1960s set to show what it looked like while she was growing up


Cool cop car


Her wedding dress


Various clothing outfits


More outfits


Clothes she wore in ‘9 to 5’


Clothes she wore in ‘Steel Magnolias’


Her bedroom in the bus she travels around in


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.


22 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 195 – Smoky

    roseelaineblog said:
    September 23, 2017 at 7:01 AM

    Even when you’re on vacation you are still giving us great reading, loved this one and the photos. I’ve not been commenting because I didn’t want you to take this precious time away from yourself or dad number 2…… just press like 😉

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    Elle said:
    September 23, 2017 at 7:49 AM

    The entire place looks amazing and the pictures being of high quality makes them even more pleasant to look at! 🙂

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    Roda said:
    September 23, 2017 at 7:51 AM

    Looks like fun!! Great photos!

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    lghiggins said:
    September 23, 2017 at 8:12 AM

    I am from TN, but have never been there. I need to put it on my to do list. Your pictures are great.

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    Cozynookbks said:
    September 23, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Great pics!! I love Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains. We visit just about every year. Have fun.

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    overthehillontheyellowbrickroad said:
    September 23, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    I’ve always wanted to go there! Your photos were the next best thing!

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    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    September 23, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    I loved everything you posted! What a great amazing place!! And you look like quite the musician!!

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    AJ said:
    September 23, 2017 at 11:58 AM

    Thanks for the pictures! Makes me want to visit there:)

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    scr4pl80 said:
    September 23, 2017 at 12:15 PM

    Love the pictures. Caught you in the mirror on the one of her bedroom on the bus. Thanks for sharing. Looks like a really fun place and even better that you didn’t plan going there in the beginning. Continue to have a great trip.

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    Rae Longest said:
    September 23, 2017 at 7:55 PM

    GREAT photos. Thanks for sharing them.

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    Darque Dreamer Reads said:
    September 24, 2017 at 7:54 PM

    So fun! Great pictures!

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    mainepaperpusher said:
    September 24, 2017 at 8:44 PM

    Wow! It looks like you are having a fantastic time. I love the picture of you playing music in the park. I promise I won’t show Ryder cause you’d be in all sorts of trouble! ❤️

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    tylerus said:
    September 25, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    Looks like an amazing time – I’m tempted to go!

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    RobbyeFaye said:
    October 13, 2017 at 11:32 AM

    Great pics! Looks like fun, I’ve never been there.
    (Sorry I’ve been absent from your blog for a while. I’m trying to get caught up!)

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 13, 2017 at 11:46 AM

      Never apologize. Life gets in the way — that’s your priority! Thank you. 🙂

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        RobbyeFaye said:
        October 13, 2017 at 11:54 AM

        Well, falling, breaking my nose, several teeth, getting a HUGE fat lip and LOTS of scrapes and bruises wasn’t really on my bucket list, but. . .I can now scratch it off! (I have to joke about it, otherwise all I’d do is cry and I’m doing plenty of that already!)

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        October 13, 2017 at 12:09 PM

        Oh no! I hope it’s all temporary after you get thru recovery. How painful. 😦 Sorry.

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        RobbyeFaye said:
        October 13, 2017 at 12:16 PM

        Me, too! Yes, it is VERY painful!!! Thanks.

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