Days Inn Jellico
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... or replace their old
shotgun shacks with more modern doublewides in trailer parks.
Cumberland Gap is the spot where Virginia, Kentucky, and
Tennessee meet and represents a lower notch or gap in the Cumberland Range which
was easiest place for about 300,000 early settlers to cross the Appalachians to
the American frontier between 1775 and 1810 on the so-called Wilderness Road
from the Shenandoah Valley. ...
... in water and enjoying the 85plus degree weather. But, we were the only ones cooking out.
Several were fishing and drinking, and some were hiking...it was a very nice ...
... ordinary mountain people with pictures, hand-written stories, and collections of items made, used, treasured by them. Much of the museum was collected by John Rice Irwin, a mountain man who believed that "items of everyday life are important, and that through them, we can understand the people who made them and made the region what it is." The Appalachian Arts Craft Center was across the street and featured modern day crafts by artisans from the area. I headed back to ...
... Oak Ridge around 1:00 and spent the afternoon visiting with Traci Roth, a former colleague from CESA 5 days. Delicious soup, fun to hear about life in Tennessee and all the family's activities, and to (re)meet Sarah and Eli. Leaving Traci's, I set my GPS for The West Campground in Norris Dam State Park. Norris Dam was the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA's) first hydroelectric project. They built a 1,860 foot long, 265 foot tall dam on the Clinch ...
3:30 pm - Finally reached Tennessee! We had another hour long, slow-moving delay near Corbin, Kentucky. I'd driven 80 miles and the breeze is really stiff. We decided to take a stretch break at the Tennessee Welcome Station.
Now, back in the car, Grant is driving the rest of the way to ...