Monday, August 8, 2016

Nashville Trip: Day 5

6:20am- Jer: “We’re all bringing our build-a-bears! You should too.” Me: “And this is home school peer pressure.”

6:45am- On our way to the Dollywood Theme Park!

8:27am- Jer: *hands me his dragon* Me: *Makes my dragon hug his* Jer: “Were you making them kiss?!” Me: “No, they were hugging… This is kissing, this is hugging. Why do we need to demonstrate different types of PDA with our plush toys?!”

8:32am- Tim: “How would conjoined twins have a love life? It would have to be like polygamy.” Caleb: “If this were Solomon, it wouldn't be an issue.” Jer: “HEY LOOK, A TREE. AND A BUSH. AND ANOTHER TREE!” Caleb: “Trying to change the subject?” Jer: “Um, yeah.”


9:35am- Time for fast food and buying gummy worms at a gas station mini mart. Also time for a small group photo of those of us who wore our BlimeyCon shirts (Caleb, Chris, me). I love how all these extra little touches were added to the weekend by fellow Patrons rather than the Taylors having to plan and execute everything. Really makes it a team effort, and all the more special! Our friend Lily Wright had the shirts made for the event.

11:00am- Time flies. Especially when you fall asleep in Central time and wake up in Eastern time. Guess all of the weekend’s action really tired me out, because I slept for a good chunk of the drive. Also, a fun side note: this is the first time I’ve ever been in Eastern time!


11:20am- We’re here!! Now, to see where the other carloads of people have run off to.

Dollywood 50's Collage.jpg

11:37- I suddenly have ended up in a 1950’s town. This is my favorite architectural/fashion era. So far Dollywood is making points with me! It’s so cute!

12:11pm- Been having a great time so far! I have to say, I’m really thankful for the raft ride. It felt amazing to get soaked first thing. It’s hot out today! Starting to dry off a little after having ridden a few other rides, though. Maybe I’ll have to make another trip back to the water rides.

2:00pm- There is this cool old looking church building here. It smells like cedar and reminds me of being at summer camp.

2:15pm- Man… this heat and all of the exhaustion from the past several days has really hit me. Been laying around on a pew in the church building for a while and still don’t really feel like moving. Everyone else we were with went on to meet up with some of the rest of the crew, so that leaves me, Spock, and Matt here. I would feel bad, but Matt looks like he needs the rest too. So, I guess that just means Spock can keep playing the piano for a little while until we are rested up and ready to move.

2:40pm- I finally got rehydrated and better rested, Matt looks to be feeling better, and Spock has been begging us to do SOMETHING for a while now, so off we go! It’ll be all good once we actually get going on some rides and get in the mood again.

3:00pm- So, Spock, Matt, and I ended up becoming a mini team for the afternoon. Mostly because none of us felt like doing anything too huge or crazy, and also because these two are pretty much the coolest. There’s also been a running joke for the past several months that Spock and I are bro & sis and Matt is our dad. So of course the three of us had to have a “family” outing, right? ;)


3:27pm- We found a “graveyard”. It’s full of headstones that have limericks on them about how the people died. A few of them read:

“Here lies the body of Big Louis Free
His axe fell himself instead of the tree”

“When Israel was in need of food
The Good Lord sent them manna
Old looker Wallace wanted a wife
And the Devil sent him Hannah”

“Cutting trees and
trimming limbs
With saw, his axe, or knife
One day he cut the long end first
And then cut short his life”

Coffin Collage.jpg

3:36pm- I wondered if we could all fit in the coffin. It turns out the answer is “almost”. We then requisitioned another park guest to take a photo of us being the undead- because hey, how are we to pass up that opportunity!?

3:50pm- There is this one ride here that I am told is set up a little like the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, called Burning Fury. It is sort of like a slow moving roller coaster that takes you through this eerie burning old west city. It’s actually rather hilarious; there are all these little details they put in. Like a sign on the restaurant that says they sell burnt toast and scorched eggs. It also has a couple short but unexpected drops that make things a bit more interesting!


4:15pm- We found our favorite roller coaster. The Firechaser Express. It’s so fun! Even shoots backwards at one point, though not for awfully long. (Had to pull this image off the internet though, because I forgot to take a photo of it while we were there, and this is the only thing I can find that isn’t under copyright.)

4:45pm- Spock really wanted to ride the carousel at the mall, but it was expensive. So, I promised him we could ride one here. The three of us had a grand time of it and made jokes almost the entire time. We also were the only people our age on this ride. Everyone else was either way older or way younger. Good times, haha.


5:15pm- Ran into Josh and his mom, Laurie! They invited us to do the park train tour ride with them. Felt good to sit down again for a little while and take in the scenery!

5:48pm- How is it getting so close to park closure time!? Man. Must shut down earlier on weekdays, because the theme park I live near (Silverwood) tends to not close until dark. Ah well. Let’s see how many rides we can do before it’s time to leave!

6:07pm- For a bit we talked about hitting the raft ride again, until we realized that would mean going home in mostly wet clothes. So, we went back to hit The Firechaser Express again! Got to enjoy riding it three times in a row, because it was late enough that there was basically no line. What fun!

6:40pm- On our way back to meet up with the group, we hit Burning Fury again, and were the ONLY people on the ride. So what do we do? The three of us look for all the details and make goofy sarcastic remarks the entire trip. It was great. One sign we saw was in a woman’s front yard: “Looking for husband. Any shape, any size.” and off to the side there was a deranged looking woman chasing some frightened man through her yard. Haha!!


6:50pm- I think this is the first time all day that I’ve actually seen EVERYBODY in our group who came out here! It’s great catching up with everyone and hearing their stories from the day.

7:05pm- Lots of goodbyes on the way out of the park. Hilarious thing is, we all ended up on the same ride back to the parking lot because it turns out we all parked in the same lot! Nice surprise!

7:15pm- Goodbyes for real this time. So glad a bunch of these people are still sticking around town for a few days, but we will miss the ones who have to go back home! Officially, BlimeyCon is now over, but the after-party will live on for a few more days, and for that I am thankful.

12:00am- Here we are, pulling into the driveway and I’ve got Spock asleep on my right shoulder and Matt asleep on my left. But I’m good with that. I was kind of chilly from the air conditioning earlier and the two of them are keeping me nice and warm. Fair enough anyhow- I’ve fallen asleep on both of them between the drives to and from Dollywood. I think we’re all very ready for bed tonight.

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