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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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Apr 20, 2013 - Newfound Gap & Clingman's Dome

Newfound Gap (mile 14.7) lies on on the Tennessee/North Carolina state line. Here I took pictures of the Oconaluftee Valley, had my picture taken on top of the Rockefeller Memorial (where President Franklin D. Roosevelt stood in 1940 to dedicate the park), and took a picture of the trail head for the Appalachian Trail. We also had our picture taken at the maker for the state line, with Jim in one state and me in another. This gap is called "newfound" because it wasn't used as a passasge through the mountains until U.S. 441 was built in the...

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Apr 9, 2013 - Tail of the Dragon

Deals Gap is a popular and internationally famous destination for driving enthusiasts, as it is located along a stretch of a two-lane road known as The Dragon (or The Tail of the Dragon). The 11-mile stretch of the Dragon in Tennessee is said to contain 318 curves. The road segment earned its name from its curves resembling the back or tail of a dragon. The stretch bears the street name Tapoco Road in North Carolina and Calderwood Highway in Tennessee and is signed entirely by U.S. Highway 129. State Route 115 is included on maps, and is...

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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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