Cades Cove and Gatllingburg

Trip Start Sep 18, 2010
Trip End Sep 26, 2010

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

We were up early today as we had planned to do the Tail of the Dragon.  However, since the weather outlook called for potential rain, we decided to wait till tomorrow, when there isn't rain in the forecast.  Instead, we rode our trikes southwest to an area called Cades Cove.
Cades Cove is an isolated valley located in the Tennessee section of Great Smoky Mountains National Park,
USA. The valley was home to numerous settlers before the formation of
the national park. Today Cades Cove is the single most popular
destination for visitors to the park, attracting over two million
visitors a year, due to its well preserved homesteads, scenic mountain
views, and abundant display of wildlife.[1] The Cades Cove Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Geologically, Cades Cove is a type of valley known as a "limestone window," created by erosion that removed the older Precambrian sandstone, exposing the younger Paleozoic limestone beneath.[2]
More weathering-resistant formations, such as the Cades sandstone which
underlies Rich Mountain to the north and the Elkmont and Thunderhead
sandstones which form the Smokies crest to the south surround the cove,
leaving it relatively isolated within the Great Smokies. As with
neighboring limestone windows such as Tuckaleechee to the north and Wear Cove to the east, the weathering of the limestone produced deep, fertile soil, making Cades Cove attractive to early farmers
Throughout the 18th century, the Cherokee used two main trails to cross the Smokies from North Carolina to Tennessee en route to the Overhill settlements. One was the Indian Gap Trail, which connected the Rutherford Indian Trace in the Balsam Mountains to the Great Indian Warpath in modern-day Sevier County. The other was a lower trail that crested at Ekaneetlee Gap, a col just east of Gregory Bald.[12] This trail traversed Cades Cove and Tuckaleechee Cove before proceeding along to Great Tellico and other Overhill towns along the Little Tennessee River. European traders were using these trails as early as 1740.[13]
By 1797 (and probably much earlier), the Cherokee had established a
settlement in Cades Cove known as "Tsiya'hi," or "Otter Place."[14]
This village, which may have been little more than a seasonal hunting
camp, was located somewhere along the flats of Cove Creek.[15]
Henry Timberlake, an early explorer in East Tennessee, reported that
streams in this area were stocked with otter, although the otter was
extinct in the cove by the time the first European settlers arrived.[16]
Cades Cove was named after a Tsiya'hi leader known as Chief Kade.[16]
Little is known of Chief Kade, although his existence was verified by a
European trader named Peter Snider (1776–1867), who settled nearby
Tuckaleechee Cove.[16]
Abrams Creek, which flows through the cove, was named after another
local chief, Abraham of Chilhowee. A now-discredited theory suggested
that the cove was named after Abraham's wife, Kate.[17]
The Treaty of Calhoun (1819) ended all Cherokee claims to the
Smokies, and Tsiya'hi was abandoned shortly thereafter. The Cherokee
would linger in the surrounding forests, however, occasionally attacking settlers until 1838 when they were removed to the Oklahoma Territory.
(taken from Wikipedia)

Today's pictures - until you get to the Bubba's Shrimp - are of the road into Cades Cove and the area itself.

We returned to Gatlingburg around 12:30 at which point Larry said he was so hungry that his belly button was rubbing his backbone.  We ended up at Bubba Gumps Shrimp Co - the last pictures.  Let me just say that when we left Larry's belly button was so far from his backbone, it was dragging on the ground.  So, we had to stop at the Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine Factory to buy the moonshine cherries that help with "throat ailments, arthritis and digestion".
After lunch we tried to talk Sandy into taking the trolley to Pigeon Forge to the Harley Davidson store.  We were admonished with ' no proper HD rider would be seen getting off the trolley in front of its store".  So, instead, we WALKED 100 yards, after getting off the trolley, to the HD t-shirt shop.  Tomorrow, we'll ride to the Pigeon Forge HD store after we slay the Dragon.
We've settled in for the evening.  It's been a hot day.  We're relaxing and waiting for it to cool down - or as Kevin did last night, turn the air as low as it will go in order to turn on the gas fireplace in our bedrooms. 
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Dan and Chris on

Fantastic pictures. We are very appreciative of the time you are taking to keep us up with your trip. The views are spectacular and no billboards!

Aunt Alice on

Looks like your having a wonderful time! What energy, I wish we had soom. Stay safe and dry.

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