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Road Trip- The Great Smoky Mountains, part 1.

July 12, 2014

Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

Recently, my family (mother, brother, his dog and I) spent almost a week in the Great Smoky Mountains- we stayed in a vacation home on a mountaintop between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  We checked out a few tourist sites, visited the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and hung out at the rather nice vacation home, which sported a home theater in the recreation room- yep, it got used!

I believe I have enough pictures for a few posts, let’s get started!

Part 1: Getting There, and ‘The Cabin’

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 Heading south through Ohio farm country

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 Water towers are always interesting to see…

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Cincinnati Ohio

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Crossing the Ohio River

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 The Cumberland Gap is fun to drive through- this is the ancient trail that Daniel Boone helped blaze for the pioneers to follow through the Appalachian Mountains into the Ohio River Valley

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That’s Kudzu all along the Gap wall- this invasive weed that has struck the south has been heading north for a while

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There are lots of barriers up to catch falling rocks along the Gap

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If you look closely, you can see wire mesh covering the rocks on the top left of the rock face

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A brief but heavy rain squall

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A wild dinosaur, or a roadside attraction…it all happened so fast…hey, just be glad I don’t show all of the fireworks stores along the way!

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In Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, vacation traffic was heavy- the Smokies are in the distance

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There’s lots of touristy places in Pigeon Forge, more on that next week

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Driving up a mountain to get to our cabin

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It was a steep drive, with large mirrors in places to see oncoming traffic around rock ledges

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And here we are- our destination, on the mountaintop!  The cabin is hanging off the side of the mountain, actually

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OK, ‘vacation home’ is closer to reality than ‘cabin’

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Pro tip- don’t walk down a narrow steep dark spiral staircase in your socks if you’ve been drinking!

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There were 3 decks on the side of the house, all with spectacular views of the local Smoky Mountains

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The Greater Smokies get as high as 6,643 feet in elevation- to an Ohio boy like myself, these are definitely mountains!

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That’s Pigeon Forge lit up in the distance

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The nightly fireworks show going on at Dollywood

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Yes, I’m tired too!  But fear not, a couple more posts are coming up about this vacation!

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24 Comments leave one →
  1. July 13, 2014 8:09 am

    What a great road trip! You could do an entire post on just watertowers. Can’t wait to see the rest of you photos.

  2. July 13, 2014 8:41 am

    Looking forward to more pictures of your trip. Love the Smoky Mountains!

  3. July 13, 2014 9:21 am

    I love the Smokies. Such fantastic views from your ‘cabin’.
    Looks like your dog settled in quickly.

    • July 13, 2014 10:47 am

      Thanks Pat, the dog was tired from the long car ride but soon recovered with the proper administration of dog treats!

  4. July 13, 2014 10:59 am

    What a FABULOUS cabin! I kinda feel like I went on vacation with this post – thanks!

    • July 13, 2014 11:07 am

      Thank you, Jen! It was a really nice place- we usually stay in state park cabins for vacations, but this summer we splurged!

  5. July 13, 2014 11:22 am

    Oh, the view from the decks – spectacular!

  6. July 13, 2014 6:00 pm

    A room with a view to say the least.

  7. July 13, 2014 8:25 pm

    Looks like a very nice cabin!

  8. July 15, 2014 12:20 am

    Awesome! Great photos. Looks like a wonderful trip. 🙂

  9. July 16, 2014 7:24 am

    Gorgeous! What a fun trip!

  10. July 27, 2014 5:47 am

    I really enjoyed how your photos took us from your (lovely) Ohio farmland through to the mountains, very enjoyable, and what a wonderful cabin to stay in

  11. July 31, 2014 1:47 am

    I don’t miss those windy, narrow, mountain roads, but I’d stay at that “cabin” and never leave! What a view! I liked the sign re: A clean house means the computer is broken. I need that. Those staircases are tough when one hasn’t been drinking!

    • August 1, 2014 11:32 am

      It was a very nice vacation house Patti- but those stairs were a bit tough for some of us!

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