Chuck and Mel's Motor Home Trip Summer 2011 travel blog

Larger than life bear head carved from tree with roots still attached

Mel standing next to bear carving

Bear carvings

A tree full of bears

Baptist Church in Cades Cove

Baptist Church

Wild turkey under tree in field

Wild turkey (1)

Wild turkey (2)

Wild turkey (3)

Wild turkey (4)

On our way out of Gatlinburg, we stopped at one of the many chain saw carvers in the area. A large carving of a bear's head from a tree with roots still attached had caught our attention as we passed the area. We drove an 11 mile, one way loop called Cades Cove. It is in a valley between mountains and ridges. We spotted deer and wild turkey on this outing. The roads and structures in this area date back to the early 1800s. The churches, grave yards and old log structures take you back to a time when life was harder but much simpler.

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