2012 Gatlinburg August travel blog

River Rats Office

River Rats Tubes

River Rat Tube Start

River Rats Ride

Waterfall 5

Waterfall 6

Kids with Bear

Waterfall 8

Tubing was on the agenda for today in Townsend Tennessee for the Zientek family. Reservations were made with River Rat Tubing which was about one and half hours from the campground. As we were driving to River Rat we passed several tubing places that would have been a lot closer. When you are planning activities from the internet distance does not appear that far. The office was probably 4 miles as the crow flies, but the roads in the mountains do not follow as the crow flies. We arrived and I was impressed with the place.

It wasn't a rundown shack with a bunch of pickups taking people to the river.

Everyone posing with their new transportation down the river.

And away we all go for a lazy float down the river with no name.

Candy and I left the kids to tube down the river and drove back to Pigeon Forge to find Pop’s Catfish Restaurant and the Tool Shop. Could not find Pop’s Catfish Restaurant because in January 2011 it was torn down to build a motel, the town lost a great catfish restaurant. We found the tool store that we visited with Bud and Jackie last time we were here. The prices have went up quite a bit, but what hasn't. We did buy a flag pole for home that we have wanted for a long time. It is 20 ft tall, so I shouldn't get in trouble at the park because it is to tall. Stephanie and John were done with the tubing so they drove back to Pigeon Forge to meet up with us.

Zach came with us and the kids headed for the Smokey Mountain National Park Sugarland National Park office at the entrance of the park to do some hiking to a waterfall. Candy sure does miss being able to do that kind of stuff, but she is healing and getting around real good. Drue kept wanting to see a bear while we are here, well he did see a black bear at the ranger station.

Stephanie and John took Zach, Drue and Zane down to Gatlingburg to expereince the night life in a tourist town. They wandered the streets looking at all the shops and people that were out. It was a typical Gatlingburg evening with lots of people on the streets doing the same thing they were, sight seeing. Don't know when they returned because we had retired for the night.

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