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Mar 25, 2013 - Smoky Mountain National Park

Enjoyed a drive March 20, the first day of spring, on the Foothills Parkway starting just outside of Townsend, driving south to Route 129. Found a place where we will want to take a short hike on Look Rock Tower Trail. The tower provides a 360 degree panoramic view of the Smokies. West is the Tennessee River Valley toward the Cumberland Mountains. The Look Rock tower is used by scientists to study air quality. Next day, March 21, took a drive into the Park, driving along Little River Road on the northern end of the Park from Townsend to...

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Mar 25, 2013 - Tremont Outdoor Resort

Arrived at Tremont Outdoor Resort on March 7, 2013 and started work on Sunday, March 10. Starting to learn the office procedures and all the things that they do for reservations and in the office. Jim is working on the grounds with the other guys. So far there are two other maintenance men along with Jessee, the manager, and a couple that does housekeeping, and me and Rita in the office along with Judi, the manager. There is about 25 acres up the mountainside behind the campground where a road has been plowed - a road with about 6...

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Jul 18, 2012 - We're back! Long Entry to Catch up on the Last Week. ***Big Meadows Family Campground, Townsend, TN

We arrived at Alley Springs National Scenic Riverways, Eminence, MO, last Thursday. It was the 30th year for the descendants of my grandparents to gather for a few days of visiting, playing in the river, playing cards, canoe-ing and kayaking. There were 90 plus/minus in attendance. Isn't that awesome! Most of these cousins we--Glen and I and our kids--only get to see once a year. There were representatives from five of the nine children of my grandparents. Both of our children and their families were able to attend this year. It is so much...

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Jun 9, 2012 - Rend Lake, Benton, Il

5-30 TO 6-9/2012 REND LAKE, BENTON, IL We are finally heading home today, June 9. We can’t believe all the places we have visited this trip and all the things we have seen….we live in a truly beautiful country!! Thanks for travelling with us via our journal. We will not be doing a travel journal for a while because the trips we plan on taking the rest of this year are in areas of the country that we have visited before. You can always reach us by email or phone and we really appreciate those of you who do stay in touch with us as we travel.

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May 29, 2012 - Smoker Holler RV, Townsend, TN

5-16 -29/2012 Smoker Holler RV, Townsend, TN We drove to Smoker Holler RV, near Townsend, TN to camp for a couple of weeks. This is the area of Cades Cove, a valley in the Smoky Mountains that is part of the National Park. Originally, the cove had many small farms, and today there is a one way, 11 mile road around the outside of the valley. The cove still has several one-room churches, old log homes and farm buildings and an old mill. Driving through the park you can always see wildlife, and at times even black bear. Last spring we were...

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May 26, 2012 - Cades Cove

In Smoky Mountain vernacular a "cove" is a relatively flat valley between mountains or ridges. Cades Cove is an 11-mile, one-way loop that includes some of the most inspiring natural and cultural treasures that the Southern Appalachian Mountains have to offer. On our way to Cades Cove we passed several businesses that offered river rafting and we saw a ton of people with their inner tubes, getting ready to go. Families used the river for the holiday; they found small pools of calm water, set up chairs, put picnic baskets on the bank, and...

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Jul 21, 2011 - Wild Plum Tea Room

Chuck and I drove through the Arts and Crafts Trail in Gatlinburg. While visiting with one shop owner, she not only recommended a great quilt store in Cosby, Tennessee but also suggested we try the Wild Plum Tea Room for lunch. We took her advice on both accounts. The lunch was scrumptious. They started us off with walnut thumb muffins with warm plum jelly. Chuck order shrimp and artichoke pie. It was served in a ramekin topped with pastry. IT came with dill and horseradish pea salad and dill zucchini soup. I tried the strata with dried...

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Jul 20, 2011 - Cades Cove

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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Nov 10, 2010 - Wears Valley, Tennessee near Townsend

11-10 to 11-16-10 Wears Valley, Tennessee We drove southeast to Wears Valley, Tennessee (near Townsend, TN), just southeast of Pigeon Forge 9 miles. We plan to stay here for a week. The fall colors are still present and beautiful. See attached photos. On Friday we drove through Cades Cove to see the fall color and on the weekend we drove the Foothills Parkway. Both had great fall color views of the Smoky Mountains. It started raining Monday and Tuesday, but is supposed to be clear on Wednesday. We plan to leave here Wednesday and go to...

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Oct 20, 2010 - Seeing family and the area

We have been busy seeing the area and family that lives here. On Friday we took our nephew, Michael Ratliff, who is a freshman at UT, Knoxville out for lunch then dinner. It was fun spending time with him and hearing about how his life is going. Saturday we stayed in Townsend doing some more exploring and grocery shopping by bicycle. Love that we can do that via their bike trail here and not have to fight traffic on the highway. Sunday we met Rick’s Mom and Stepdad at a restaurant in Townsend for brunch then after talking for a while at...

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Fall 2010

Oct 13, 2010 - Tuckaleechee Caverns, Cades Cove

Busy day! We went to Tuckaleechee Caverns this morning - one of those attractions we have driven by on the way to the mountains several times over the years but never stopped. We were pleasantly surprised to find an interesting cave with several pretty formations and a 200 foot waterfall! Because the summer was so hot and dry, the waterfall was just a trickle. Cave explorers are excited about that because this fall they plan to explore the rooms above the cave we walked through today. They typically cannot access that part of the cave...

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Fall 2010

Oct 12, 2010 - Foothills Parkway

We drove into Maryville and Knoxville to pick up a few more supplies then looped back to the campground through the Foothills Parkway. It has been several years since we drove that road and we enjoyed the scenery and fall colors along the way. Some bright red tree looks like it is at it’s peak and the yellow trees are starting to look beautiful. We stopped by our old picnic spot - Look Rock but didn’t stay too long because it was starting to thunder. Look Rock is an exposed rock face overlooking a beautiful valley and one look at the...

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Fall 2010

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