The rockslide on “The Dragon” (US 129) in Tennessee may cost $2 million bucks to clear/repair. The Dragon is actually one road I don’t believe we’ve traveled in all our trips to the Smokies. I told my wife I want to get a Mazda Miata so we can drive it there. I don’t think she’s gonna fall for that trip. I’ll let you know if that ever happens:)
It looks like there is a July 31 deadline to get the work completely done. Who knows when it will be complete though. If I hear more, I’ll let you know! In the meantime, there is a little more info at the link below…
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Posted in March, Road Closures, Rock Slides, Spring, tennessee, The Dragon
Tagged road closed, rock slide, rockslide, smoky mountains, tennessee, The Dragon
If it’s not a rockslide, it’s a landslide causing havoc for driving in and around the Smokies. This time, it’s highway 441 in the park. That’s the OTHER main route.
This is the drive from Gatlinburg to Cherokee. A landslide just past the NC/TN border has caused traffic to have to drive on just one lane. Just to give you an idea of where this is, Newfound Gap is on the NC/TN border, so this is close to Newfound Gap.
Find more info on this particular landslide at the link below.
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Posted in cherokee, gatlinburg, great smoky mountains national park, Highway 441, Little River Road, March, newfound gap, Newfound Gap Road, north carolina, Road Closures, Rock Slides, smoky mountain tower, Spring, tennessee
Tagged cherokee, gatlinburg, landslide, rock slide, rockslide, smoky mountains, travel
Dolly will be in town for her annual Homecoming parade May 8th this year. They moved it for more daylight, and warmer weather. Sounds like a blast if you will be in the area that day.
Posted in Dolly Parton, Dollywood, Events in the area, May, music, pigeon forge, Spring
Tagged dolly pardon, Dolly Parton, Dollywood, parade, pigeon forge
Today is the first day of the season for Dollywood. The article below points out that while visitors were down 6% last year (from 2007,) it was still their 3rd best year. Now it looks like season pass sales are up 7%. I love reading good economic news. I hope you get a chance to enjoy Dollywood this year!
It is almost time for another Arts and Crafts show in Gatlinburg. The Easter show takes place April 8-11. If you are in town then, stop by the Gatlinburg convention center. The best news is, it is FREE!
Show website below…
Blog post about show below….
Posted in April, Arts and Crafts, business, Events in the area, gatlinburg, Spring, tennessee
Tagged craft show, crafting, crafts, free, shows
Jeff Schoenfield is the owner of the ReMax franchise in Gatlinburg (along with his wife,) and I had him on my GoSmoky.com internet radio show last year… http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gosmoky/2008/09/03/Pigeon-Forge-Latest-plus-Real-Estate-in-the-Smokies
Anyhow, he has posted a couple of GREAT photos on his blog… check them out!! Makes me want to head back up there right now:)
Posted in flowers, Flowers in the Smokies, gatlinburg, great smoky mountains national park, Spring
Tagged flowers, gatlinburg, gosmoky, gosmoky.com, great smoky mountains national park, jeff schoenfield, smoky mountains, Spring, spring flowers