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Apr 27, 2013 - Townsend TN

Well, the weather dudes and dudettes were right…it started raining off and on at about 11:00 last night and about 11:00 this morning it turned into full-time on. Not real heavy, but more than a drizzle. Temperature isn’t bad – low 50’s – but the rain makes it linger. Took the dog for a walk this morning and took an hour to warm back up. We waffled on what to do today and where to go so we just decided to eat. When it doubt, eat. The theory is that you think better on a full stomach. I did a little research and found a pretty highly...

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Apr 26, 2013 - Townsend TN

We got another lateish start today, but it was for a good reason – we got our act together and headed down the road a minute or so to the Firefly Café for breakfast. It was good, but not stunning, but it beat whippin’ up something at home. After breakfast we headed into the park and onto 441 towards Cherokee and the Oconaluftee Visitor Center with the plan of hitting the Balsam Mountain Road for another off the beaten path day-trip. On the way there we did a little detour and pulled into the Smokemont Campground to look for an old, hidden...

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Apr 25, 2013 - Townsend TN

Once we finally got on the road, we covered a lot of miles. From one of the most remote areas of the park, to Maggie Valley NC, the Blue Ridge Parkway and all the way across US 441 from Cherokee and then back to Townsend it was, by my calculations, about 200 miles. We left the campground around 11:00 and headed north onto Hwy 321 and then into the park at Metcalf Bottoms along Little River Road, then on through the fresh hell that is Gatlinburg to Cosby TN where we headed off on the world’s twistiest road - TN 32 – to the Big Creek Ranger...

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Apr 24, 2013 - Townsend TN

Greetings from the damp side of Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Our decision making this morning was all about the radar. It showed a line of rain moving our way from the west and since we basically had to head west, the decision came down to whether we could beat the rain to our current location in Townsend TN or not. We decided to take our chances and hit the road so right at 10:00 we were out of Blairsville and on our way to TN; rain or not. We headed west on Hwy 129 to 64 near Murphy NC, then onto 294 and 68 – both pretty narrow,...

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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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