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Published: June 24th 2014
After a leisurely morning of coffee and reading the paper we jumped in the truck and headed to the Smoky Mountain National Park. We are staying right at the base of the Park here in Sevierville and were told that the best scenic drive to take was the Cades Cove loop. It was a beautiful drive as we have found that Tennessee is turning out to be one of our favorite States. There are almost daily thunderstorms which keeps things very lush and green but surprisingly there aren't any bugs or mosquitoes! You can sit outside and enjoy the fireflies, which I have come to love. I was telling Don today that my favorite thing so far is watching them each night dance around in the trees. They just mesmerize me. I wish I could bottle them up and take some home! Anyway, I got off track here, back to the Smoky Mountain Parkway. We only did a small 11 mile loop but it reminded me a little of the Yosemite valley but without the huge granite mountains of course. Instead there were lush tree covered hills all around the valley which gave it a very tranquil and wonderful feeling. There
were little buildings that dotted the landscape which were where some of the settlers had lived. It was wonderful that they were able to preserve them to some point so that we could still have that little bit of history. Of course they had churches that were still standing. They are very strong in their faith back here which I think is wonderful. Much of the U.S. should take a lesson from the South and maybe we could get things back on track. We have really noticed that families seem more connected and actually have conversations instead of having their noses in their electronic devices. Imagine that! In fact, we haven't seen a kid with a phone or electronic device since we left Texas. The kids play in the playgrounds and ride their bikes around the RV parks and are very friendly and polite. We have met quite a few kids on this trip and it has been a treat to talk to them and hear what they have to say about growing up around here. Everything is Mr. and Ma'am. Very sweet.
We keep extending our stay here in this area. We are supposed to leave tomorrow but
now we might stay until Friday as we have found a great BBQ place that we like and the owner, Tony Gore, is a Gospel singer and he has a little sing-in, meal, and mini concert thing he does on Thursday and Friday mornings at 10am that we want to go to. Guess we will make our decision in the morning. Who's on a schedule anyway??? 😊
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