We are visited by a black bear!!
Trip Start Apr 18, 2007
173Trip End Oct 16, 2007
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Around 1pm we headed back into Pigeon Forge and drove to Dollywood which is an adventure park apparently - we didn't stop and got into town for some provisions. Seems there must be an old car convention in town...there are loads of canvas chairs on the roadside and we assume there is a drive-by each evening and these seats are "reserved"
There are also loads of Malls around the area - seems the place is now a huge low-end tourist destination with Atlanta only 2 hours away....we're glad we're not staying in town.
We love the cabin so much we headed back and just hung around enjoying the idyllic setting. About 5pm MJ was over by the "back" door (the only external door actually) which has a window on the top half, when he caught a glimpse of a large black dog (not more "wild" dogs surely?) which turned out to be a black bear ambling around. There is a dustbin with no lid outside on our door porch which we've been leaving empty (we didn't want animals rooting thru) and he came up the three steps and is just outside out door about three feet away. MJ decides that running and hiding under the bed is the best policy while Munchie calmly turned the door bolt...at which the bear ran off, scampering up the steep hill behind the cabin and other than a backward glance from him that was the last we saw of him.
An excellent burger meal in the evening using some fresh lean beef patties we'd brought plus a bottle of wine rounded of a truly relaxing day.