Is That Bear Poop?

Trip Start Mar 28, 2013
Trip End Jul 31, 2013

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Tuckaseegee RV Resort

Flag of United States  , North Carolina
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

After waking up at Walmart State Park we were able to forget about the day before and were ready to tackle the Blue Ridge Parkway again.  This time things went much better (NO FOG) and we were able to enjoy the beautiful views.   Every so often we would stop at the scenic overlooks and let the kids burn off some energy.  It was great to get some fresh air and have a stretch.    We were all excited when we spotted 3 deer on the side of the road then later on we saw about 9 or 10 deer running across a field.  The kids also enjoyed all the tunnels on the parkway.  They couldn't believe we were actually going through the mountain!  Along the way we stopped at Linn Cove Waterfall and had a nice hike up to see the falls.    

One of the things we like about traveling is having the opportunity to try different foods.  When we stopped for gas they were selling boiled peanuts that looked kind of good.  Everyone tried them and the general consensus was thumbs up.  

We arrived at our campsite right on the Tuckaseegee River and Caleb couldn't wait to get out his fishing pole.  He didn't have much luck but sure enjoyed trying.
The next day we headed to Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  Upon arriving at the park we were pleasantly greeted by about 10 elk crossing the road in front of us.  We did what every other tourist does and scrambled for our camera exclaiming like we had never seen a wild animal before.  After blocking traffic for a few minutes (the locals must hate tourists) we went to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.  We learned that Clingmans Dome was still closed for the season as just last week they had 19 inches of snow near the top of the mountain.  In Jan. the main road through the park to the Tennessee side was washed out and won't likely be repaired until May.  We were glad there was still lots to see and do on this side and decided to walk on the Oconaluftee River Trail.  We had big excitement when we discovered bear poop by the river.  The boys stuck pretty close to us the rest of the trail!  

They had a mountain farm museum with outside exhibits where you could see how the mountain people lived in the early 1900's.  We were able to see all the different buildings they used to store meat, apples, and dairy products, a barn, and the home they lived in.  
Up the road was Mingus Mill where the kids were able to learn how flour was made in the early 1900's.  They enjoyed walking along the waterway until Bruce almost stepped on a snake.  The way Bruce reacted Caleb was certain it must be one of the 2 varieties of poisonous snakes we just read about in the visitor center.  After everyone calmed down we climbed the 158 steps and short hike up to see Mingo Falls.  It was beautiful and definitely worth the climb.  
We headed back to our campground to do some more fishing and cook our dinner over the fire.  Caleb still didn't have any luck, we just had hot dogs!
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Neil on

Who was more afraid of the snake, Caleb or Bruce?

Peg Airth on

Wow ! I am really enjoying your blog.

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