Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wi-fi at Zoes Kitchen to the rescue

When the internet went down at school, the wi-fi at Zoes Kitchen came to my rescue! I am at the Zoes Kitchen location in Turkey Creek. Their steady wi-fi made it possible for me upload an article for class and do some online work. Zoes Kitchen wi-fi is fast enough that I can blog while my last paper uploads. There is no way that this would be possible at the college right now.

Zoes Kitchen is a trendy, quick service Mediterranean-style restaurant. They offer good food, free wi-fi and a mean hibiscus/green tea combination. One of my favorite meals is the chicken salad and fruit combination. It's flavorful and the fruit has always been fresh.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Yogurt at the Orange Leaf in Farragut

My family went to the Orange Leaf Yogurt in Farragut this evening. Our first visit won't be the last. The cheery interior is a bright orange and perky lime combination. It's refreshing and relaxing. A single TV on the wall is surrounded but a set of four couches and a center table. It reminds me of a living room that someone else has to tidy.

Orange Leaf yogurt
The yogurt was great! There is a whole wall of flavors to choose from. Lemon, mango, peach, orange, chocolate, pistachio and vanilla are only a few flavors. Toppings include strawberries, blueberries, nuts, candy pieces, sprinkles, chopped candy bars of various types and lots more.

Simple is the name of the game here. Walk in and pick up a cup or cone. Step over to the yogurt wall and pull the level for the flavor that you want. Add toppings. Repeat as desired. Weigh the bowl and pay at the cash register. Sit down and enjoy your treat.

The Orange Leaf staffperson who worked tonight was friendly and peppy.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Where to look for Labor Day deals in the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg area

Labor Day weekend is upon us. My family and I are probably going to take a day trip to Pigeon Forge at some point. Right now, Groupon has a great deal on the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge attractions and things to do in Chattanooga or Atlanta. (Plus an extra 15% off right now).

I don't know about other areas but discounts for Pigeon Forge area attractions can be sparse. In addition to Groupon, here are some other places to check for discounts:

Love my membership! Several places at the Tanger Outlet mall in Sevierville offer discounts. Restaurants such as Applewood Farmhouse also honor the discount. I've saved anywhere from 10% at Applewood Farmhouse to 20% at Reebok.

You can also pick up coupon books all over the city. Check in hotels and display racks at restaurants. 

Credit Union
Gatlinburg is close enough to Pigeon Forge to add to the list. My local credit union offers discounted tickets to Gatlinburg Aquarium to members. It may be worth checking with your credit union to see what deals are offered.

There are several coupon sites online where you can print free coupons. Click this link to find out about some of the more reputable sites that offer coupons for the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg area.

Gatlinburg Roaring Fork Mug Smokies Smoky Mountain


Now available in our Zazzle store!
Gatlinburg Roaring Fork Nature Trail
mug, cards and tote bags. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Visiting the National Bison Range in Montana

I gotta say that visiting the National Bison Range in Montana is a cool experience. The range is in western Montana about 80 miles from Kalispell. For those who like to know, the National Bison Range is under the auspices of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

We stopped in at the visitor center for the National Bison Range. The ranger told us that the Red Sleep Mountain Drive offered the best chance of seeing bison and antelope. It was a 19 mile travel experience that lives up to its promise. The photos that you see were taken near the terminus of the road.

Don't kid yourself about the length of the drive. I was told that it would take about an 1 1/2  to maybe two hours. Not! Allow at least three hours if you want to watch for wildlife. Don't rush.

Stop at the park visitor center to pay the fee and see exhibits. Staff will be glad to turn on the video if you ask. It's also the place to get your National Parks Passport stamped.

Red Sleep Mountain Drive had curves and steep grades but no restrooms. Be sure to stop at the visitor center.

Driving slowly isn't optional. The 10+ plus grade required our Chevy Express Van to use the lowest gear, tap our brakes and utilize pull-offs. Adding to the excitement is that there are no guard rails.

Fees are collected at the Visitor Center at the National Bison Range. National park passes are accepted. At the time of this writing the fees began at $5.00 for a private vehicle. Prices could change at any time. Check the website link above before traveling for current fees.

St. Ignatius is the closest town for lodging and restaurants. Take food or eat before you go. We tried the little store outside of the entrance gate but only snacks were available. I think there may have been a sandwich shop but it was closed. The restroom was a portable unit.

Travel hint:
The town of St. Ignatius takes it's name from the 1890's St. Ignatius Mission. It's right on Highway 93. Stop in if you can. The murals are incredible.