Thursday, June 22, 2017

2016~Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains NP & More

Here I am again (nearly two months later) with my 2nd post from our trip last October to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg & the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There's lots going on but I'm hoping to be more productive with my posting in the future.

While in Tennessee, we were happy that Jack and Middy (bro-in law and sis-in-law) were able to join us for several days. One day, we drove the 11-mile loop through Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As you can see, it was a gorgeous October day!

The scenery never disappoints!

We parked and walked to a cabin...

...explored it inside and out, 
and hung around just a tad bit.

Alluring streams and brooks are beyond 
abundant, and I'm pleased to say that 
they're just as plentiful outside the park too!
For me, they are mesmerizing--it's pure love!

We stopped at this one so Jack could point!
He's an excellent pointer, isn't he?

This is Cable Mill.
I enjoy visiting gristmills!

The rickety wheel methodically turns, 
splashing the water into the stream below.
Listening to history is so cool!

A myriad of colors on both sides of the road.

Cruising through Wears Valley on the way back 
to camp, we passed some really neat sites...
...and pulled into some 
enticing little country locales.

While you watch, a man and his chainsaw 
are creating bear carvings here.

Eastern Tennessee truly 
knows how to celebrate fall!

Delightful Autumn vignettes are everywhere!

Some very tasty stuff can be found in here!

Coffee, coffee, and more coffee!
Oh, the joy!

Middy recommended these Amish Noodles 
so we purchased a couple of bags.
They sure did make our Autumn 
soups hearty and delicious!
I know there are places to buy Amish Noodles 
in Texas (like Fredericksburg for one), 
I hereby declare,
 that in the future,
 it shall be a tradition to purchase 
Amish Noodles when we're in the area.
Thank you Middy!

It's often the little things in 
life that make me happy
like Amish Noodles from Wears Valley!
How about you?

Once we returned to camp, we started a fire.
Not because it was cold but mostly 
because we can and we love it!

We also watched college football.
Tennessee, of course!
They played Alabama, and as expected, 
they lost by a significant margin.

Hopefully, they'll clobber them next year.

See you soon.

Abundant Smiles,

Friday, April 21, 2017

2016~Up The Creek Campground~Pigeon Forge

I can't believe that I haven't posted a thing since October! Since then, I've stayed busy doing stuff and obviously, it was not blogging stuff! 

After a nice trip to Port Aransas
with a stop at lovely
Buckhorn Lake Resort 
in September, 
we traveled out to the 
Pigeon Forge, 
Great Smoky Mountains 
area in October.

It's an area we love as you may well know

I have so many pics and vids that I 
thought I'd just start sharing a little at a 
time beginning with our wonderful little 
campground in Pigeon Forge,
Up The Creek RV Camp.

There's a lot of hustle & bustle in the area, and this campground is a little slice of country heaven after a day out and about. It's a delightful place to kick back and relax, especially if you're on one of the back sites!

The brochure map.
Our site was #15 on the bottom right. 

It was quite spacious cozy 
and quiet (except for our noise!)

That's George in the green shirt 
and you can see our sweet Mini Schnauzer 
Elmer off to the far side checking things out.
Pic above taken standing 
behind our neighbor's site.

And there's that neighbor behind me.  

You can see on the map, that
the campground is on two creeks--
Cove Creek and Walden Creek. 

This is a view behind our row of 
RV's and in front of Cove creek.

 Cove Creek (left) behind our site. 

Here's a short vid driving out of the park
so you can see the country setting.
Looking at the map, we are 
driving along the top road.

See ya soon.