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... Dome which is the highest elevation of the Smokey Mountains. There is an observation tower which I had seen and once again I had not done adequate research. The temperature dropped 25 degrees AND there was a ˝ mile hike UPWARDS to the tower. It was the longest ˝ mile of my life. The grade was 12 degrees which may not seem like a lot but ...
When we got off the river we were as hungry as a bear so it was fitting to eat at a little café we found called the Hungry Bear. The BBQ pit was outside and we could see them cooking the meat from our window.
We then took a side trip to Smokey National Park. The road we took reminded me of the river road next to the Guadalupe but ...
... still had rooms set up like the kitchen, café, and Colonel Sanders office. The
first restaurant opened its doors in 1932.
After a couple of pics we took another detour to Cumberland Falls which is located in Kentucky in the Daniel Boone Forest. Up until this time, I had seen beautiful homes and horse ranches in Kentucky. I
had made the comment that I ...
... to drive another way through the Smoky Mountains, to see the start of the Appalachian Trial. Here we walked along the same footpath as the Native American tribes when they were forced from their land, so we did a mile of it and made our way back. Driving out of the park, we then stopped at the small town of Cherokee, to visit the museum about the native tribes, and the Cherokee people. It was a nice museum, but a tad boring if I may say. Still it split up the long 5 hour ...
... been waiting for—the animals! We saw millions of them in the Smokies. Well, not that many. Thousands. OK, a couple dozen. Heck, I could probably count them on my fingers and toes.
Let’s start with salamanders. We’d been informed that the Smokies are the salamander capital of the world, with more lungless salamanders than anywhere else on the entire planet.
On our very first day, within half an hour of starting out, we spotted a tiny orange salamander ...
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