Friday, October 31, 2008

October 2008 - Cades Cove

A weekend at Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains
National Park is always time well spent.

The leaves have just begun to change colors.
The low is supposed to be in the 20s this week,
so there should be some fantastic color next weekend.

A park director told us to cut through Rich Mountain Road.
This road is gravelled - sort of - is one way,
and is as crooked as a dog's hind leg!

Ray's top speed was 20 miles an hour
and, most of the time,
much slower.

I watched his speed carefully,
while I screamed for him to slow down.

It felt like he was running the Grand Prix!

The views were stunning!

Even for folks like us who live in the mountains.

The handsome Ray taking pictures.

I'm sure his photos are much better than mine,
but I can't find his camera.
We saw quite a few deer,
but were unable to get a close-up picture.
There's bars in them thar woods, too!

When you have the opportunity to visit East Tennessee,
head straight to the Smokies!

Cades Cove is perfect for driving, walking, and cycling.

When spending the night or the week,
stay in Townsend -
'The Quieter Side of the Smokies'.

Stay away from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
They are nothing but tourist traps.

Sevierville (home to Dolly Parton)
used to be to a lovely small town.

Now, you can hardly tell when you leave
Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, or enter Gatlinburg,

What a shame our lovely country side is going commercial!

No place is lovelier than the Smoky Mountains!


Tom in Tennessee said...

Hi, Ragg Baggs. One annual event might change your perspective just a bit about Pigeon Forge (where I work).

It's an annual salute to Great Smoky Mountains National Park called Wilderness Wildlife Week, and it includes several programs about Cades Cove.

Dates are Jan. 10-17, 2000, and it offers a full week of programs, classes, lectures and excursions--all free. It's won numerous awards from the International Festivals and Events Association, and it's during a quiet time of the year.

Continue to enjoy the Smokies!
Tom in Tennessee

Ruth Ann said...

Tom, thanks so much for the information about Wilderness Wildlife Week! We'll be sure to attend!

Thanks bunches!
Ruth Ann