TN: Moonshine and bee stings

Trip Start Jun 05, 2010
Trip End Jun 16, 2010

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Smokey Bear Campground

Flag of United States  , Tennessee
Tuesday, June 15, 2010

We stayed in a cabin at an RV park for our visit to the Tennessee Smoky Mountains.  It was a neat place that had a pool and playground for the kids.  The first evening Mom was stung by a Hornet.  The nest was on our porch and was stirred up by a gust of wind.  The owners removed the hornets nest.  They felt bad about the incident and gave us some homemade moonshine.  It was in a mason jar for the complete experience.  It was our first try of moonshine and it had a great kick.  We went to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and did a guided hike through the woods.  Our stay in the park was cut short by rain, but we enjoyed our time.  That evening we went on a walk through downtown Gatlinburg.  It was a neat town, though a bit touristy.  They had a few 'museums' with cars from TV and movies which the kids liked.  This first hike through town was nice because the rain had cooled the air.  We went again the next day and it was over 100 degrees.  

The next morning we went River rafting on the Pigeon River.  We appreciated that they accommodated young kids. Sean was just 3 years old and we are a little nervous.  Sean was a little reserved at first. But he and Ryan were soon yelling out to go faster and asking to hit every rapid.  They had a great time.

On our way out Gatlinburg we drove through Pigeon Forge, TN.  It was quite the spectacle.  There were several amusement parks and many attractions such as the Dollywood.  Pigeon Forge made Gatlinburg seem a little less touristy.
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