Greetings from Gatlinburg TN
Trip Start Aug 29, 2010
7Trip End Sep 05, 2010
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Spent the day in the Great Smokey Mountains. The weather was perfect!! The first thing we did was take a 1 mile uphill hike to Laurel Falls.
Then on to the Little Greenbriar School described in the guide book as being a short way up an unpaved road...NOT MENTIONED was that it was a narrow up hill one lane rutted curvey road...so if you met another car either you backed up or they did. We lucked out...and didn't meet anyone coming or going. (Ron you would have been so proud of how Barb gunned the Prius all the way up to the top of that hill!)
Next stop was for lunch along the Little River at the the Metcalf Bottoms picnic area. The creek was shallow and the water very, very cold. Took off our shoes and waded in the cool water -- very refreshing!
The remainder of our time in the park was spent touring Cades Cove (in the Smokey's "cove" refers to a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains). Some farmers resisted the government's effort to buy their land for the National Park but most others took the money and headed out. The rest agreed to accept less money for their lands in return for their being able remain on their land for the rest of their lifetime but their descentants could not.
The Cade Cove loop drive takes you past some of the remaining homes and churches and the school that remained in the area...Very interesting.
A few pictures are attached!
After leaving the park we went through Townsend (blink and you miss it!) and then back through Pigeon Forge and on to Gatlinburg.
When we arrived in Gatlinburg we made a concerted effort to find a room in record time. We found a Comfort Inn that met our criteria, refrigerator, complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi. Our room has a balcony that overlooks the Little Pigeon River; the sound of the river is very enjoyable.
We ate at the "Best Italian Cafe and Pizzaria (est. 1976) noted for their great garlic rolls. Parking was a b**** but we did find a "legal spot. The food was very good - We both had spaghetti; Bev with meatballs and Barb with mushrooms. NO vino though just nice cold water!