Today was a planned zero to go to Dollywood! And Dixie Stampede! They were awesome. Stretch had mentioned Dollywood to me over a week ago and that’s when I started planning to go there. Dixie Stampede was a last minute addition, well worth it. Saint Nick decided to join us last minute too.

I didn’t even really know what Dollywood was at first, I thought it was like Graceland or something, but it’s an amusement park. I haven’t been on a roller coaster in years so we got there and started with the first row in an old school wooden one that goes 55mph. And we hit every other coaster there, in addition to a bunch of other rides. It must be off season because we didn’t wait more than ten minutes for any ride, and some we didn’t wait at all. There were even a couple of rides where we got wet, which was nice since it was in the 80s today. Log flume! And there was a section of carnival rides including swings, scrambler, etc. Totally fun!

Dixie Stampede is like a Medieval Times dinner, except rodeo style. It started out with a pre-dinner bluegrass show by Mountain Ruckus. Then the actual show consisted of lots of horse tricks, some history, pig races, ostrich races, and lumberjack contests. All served with a delicious four course meal. It was a blast!

The only sad thing about today was that Dolly Parton was not actually present. I felt sure she’d be there and then we’d be best friends. Maybe next time.

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There were also some buffalo at the Stampede, which reminded me of this awesome video:

Please proceed to youtube and watch all four episodes. You will thank me.