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A great vacation
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Jerry (KS)    Posted 10-27-2003 at 20:08:29       [Reply]  [No Email]

Just got back last Monday from a great vacation. We went from Wichita to Destin Fl area, Savannah, Charleston SC, Ashville NC, Nashville TN, Springfield MO and home. If your ever get even close to Ashville BE SURE to go to the Biltmore estate. That is one BIG home and well worth the $36 per person to tour the house and grounds.
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge TN......SUCK. Too many people and way too much traffic for this old man.
All in all it was a good trip and we met a lot of nice folks. I just had to share a picture.

Mike D.    Posted 10-28-2003 at 08:03:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello Jerry,
It blew my mind the first time I saw the place. He had a town built to support all the craftsmen he brought over from europe to build his house. Man.
You hit the nail on the head about tourist towns. I drove through there in 1974 on a motorcycle trip. Took the BlueRidge Mountain Parkway from the south end to the north end. Did it in mid October and I remember it like it happened yesterday. I remember how weird Cherokee N.C. was to me after spending a week in the Great Smokey Mountains too. I got snowed on while doing a repair at Mount Mitchell. Nearly hit a Winniebago head-on just outside of the park when I headed for Virginia. He was coming down a mountain too fast and drifted into my lane. I rode the berm and nearly messed my pants while doing it. Remember that well too...
Asheville is a beautiful area. Thanks for sharing it, and bringing me to recall my youth!
Regards- Mike D.

Sarah    Posted 10-28-2003 at 06:43:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Jerry,
I live in NC. I have visited the Builtmore Estate. It is a beautiful place.
I am glad you liked it.
Thanks for sharing the photo.

Patria    Posted 10-28-2003 at 02:14:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
wow Jerry, what a great trip!!
What a beautiful shack that Biltmore estate..

I lived for three years in Charleston,SC, my 28y/o son was born there.
Been back a couple of times and drove once from FL to NY.
Can't wait to go back, for a vacation of course.
Even the south east is tooooo cold for me..:-)

Thanks for sharing

Donna from Mo    Posted 10-28-2003 at 01:18:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you don't like Gatlinburg, you wouldn't like Branson, Missouri. Those two places are like clones of one another. And VERY expensive. That said, Cliff and I have plans to visit Branson with many of our expenses paid and several of the music shows at half-price. All we have to do is put up with an hour and a half of sales pitch from a time-share salesman. We can do that, and there's no risk of us being tempted to get a time-share at Branson, since we aren't that crazy about it: we have our own vacation spot right here at home.

Sounds like you had a great vacation!

Ana    Posted 10-28-2003 at 05:51:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'll have to admit you are the first people I've heard say that they didn't like Branson, MO. Expensive? My husband and I stayed in a nice, clean motel for $36 a night. It wasn't fancy, but had everything we needed. Most shows (and you've got a very big selection) are about $25---cheaper than that huge estate. We don't buy a lot of "stuff" (Branson is known for it's shopping), but we like to look cause it's like a free museum. But to each his own. I'm just surprised that you didn't like it, but then I would NEVER take one of those "free" vacations to listen to their high-pressure super-hype. And it's only 1 1/2 hours IF you sign up in that time. :)

Sid    Posted 10-28-2003 at 04:36:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
You might want to think twice about that they have a very poor concept of time. If they promised an hour and a half take an alarm clock that rings real loud and set it when the salesman starts the time you have to wait doesn't count. IIt turned out a wasted trip for us as we did not have enough time to do anything planned when we finally got out of there.

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