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Travel Blogs from Franklin
... stayed in Gatlinburg a couple of nights and we did a **** load of walking which we needed after all the meat we have been eating.
In true form Troy and I decided we'd pick a hike that was called 'Chimney top', only 4 miles long can't be that bad. Holy **** it was steep! When you get to the top you have to climb a massive boulder I got about a quarter of the way up the boulder and started to freak out it ...
walk along Reedy Cove Creek, passing a waterwheel on the way. Just past this is a wooden platform
overlooking the falls. As the name
implies, there are two falls – Reedy Cove splits into a tall freefall to the
left and a cascade to the right, with the two streams meeting up at the bottom. The views from the platform were nice, but
the cascades to the right were somewhat obscured by foliage so ...
Todd was up at the crack of dawn again. Very chilly and foggy this morning. Quick breakfast at 6am at the Inn, then a long, hot shower and off we go to the CVS in Waynesville to get some supplies...sunscreen, nuts (in addition to the one I am traveling with), nose spray, and other completely useless, yet expensive, items. VERY foggy in Waynesville, which is only a few miles from Maggie Valley; that's the hills for ya!
Fog burned off nicely, and off for ...
Up early (BF was up at 3am....) Got some coffee in the hotel lobby, then off to Shoney's for breakfast before hitting the road again at 8am.
Nice weather again today; chilly in the morning, but warmed up nicely. I was stripping clothes off at each stop! That kind of activity gets a lot of looks down here in the "bible belt".
Todd's GPS was acting up so we got off-track and missed the turn-off for Grandfather Mountain. Ended up in ...
... a lovely time to spend with myself and my right brain on hyperdrive. All good.
Tomorrow I head home, out of the mountains and to I-75, which is straight and familiar. I'm a little melancholy, which is not a bad thing to feel at the end of a holiday. To paraphrase PT Barnum -- always keep them wanting more. But real life beckons and routines need to be resumed and normalcy regained. Will starts back to ...