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Revisiting North Carolina

Posted on by Ben Tam and her Quad Bike

After leaving nashville, and saying some very fond fairwell’s to all of the new friends we’ve made there, we made our way out towards North Carolina. After about 350 miles, just before crossing out of Tennessee and into North Carolina, we spotted a sign for a place called Pigeons Forge, and on the advice of Jay – a Nashville buddy and the kind of guy you just have to trust we decided to pull off the freeway and spend a couple of days there.

This place is wacky to say the least, touristy as hell, and sat right at the foot of the Smokey Mountains which border North Carolina and Tennessee. Its like a Las Vegas for families with kids, – lots of wax works, barn dance dinner shows, magicians and exhibits – the perfect place to take a primary school teacher who hasn’t grown up.

A Castle in Pigeons Forge, TN

Tamara in a coffin

I warned her this is where she would stay if she stepped out of line…

Updside down house in Pigeons ForgeSee anything wrong with this picture?

Titanic in Pigeons ForgeYep, Giant model of the Titanic.

After we finished taking pictures ourselves in front of obscure buildings and models, we booked ourselves onto a Quad-Biking tour through the Smokey Mountains. We had such a fantastic time Quad-Biking in through the sand dunes in the Namib Desert in Namibia that we couldn’t resist. We managed to get on the last timeslot, and luckily it was just the two of us with our guide, who took us on an awesome 2 and a half hour ride through the Mountains. 

Tam and her Quad Bike

Ben looking out over the Smokey Mountains

Ben looking out over the Smokey Mountains

That night we got $40.00 of pizza and wings, that pizza stayed in our fridge for the majority of the rest of the RV trip… it made it into Canada and back. 

The next morning we hauled our butts out of bed early, planning to get a head start, as we had planned to revisit the Camp where we both first met back in summer 2007. Blue Star camps is a Jewish kids summer camp nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, and for those of you that don’t already know, me and Tam were both camp councillors there for that summer. 

North Carolina StatelineSTATE LINE!

Blue Star Camps, North Carolina

Ben working Maintenance

Where Ben had to work maintenance…

Teen Village in Blue Star Camps, NCTam outside the Teen Villiage

V14 Cabin, Blue Star Camps, NCTam outside her old cabin

V5 Cabin, Blue Star Camps, NCBen outside his old cabin.

Hawks Nest, Blue Star CampsHawks Nest

After our nostalgic visit to our old camp, we got on our way, this time to meet the leader of Camp Dogwood – the camp that I was originally supposed to work at before I moved to Blue Star.. interesting story, but not really blog friendly.

Sandy, the director of Camp Dogwood, was gracious enough along with her friend Carol to put both me and Tamara up for a few days in a beautiful house complete with an indoor swimming pool. Tam was thrilled.. they also had two great dogs, one in particular was a complete nutter.. his name is Mo.

Mo the dog!MO!

Tam after a good nights sleep!Finally.. a good nights sleep!


  1. Emma says:

    Ah that is o cute you guys, going back to where you first met. And that place with all th models sounds awesome! Miss yew xxxx

  2. Tamara says:

    Miss you too hun! Just catching up with our blog (too busy catching up with people in the uk lol!)
    Only 20 weeks til I see you xxx

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