We had a wonderful time in the Great Smoky Mountains. Cate nailed the accommodation and it was terrific – with great views.
It was a bit of a struggle getting there and back with about a seven hour drive each way – but it was worth it – although we would not go that far again for just three nights in a cabin.
We found our cabin by heading towards Pigeon Forge – past the Dolly pancake shop and the Dolly motel and the Dolly locksmiths – and turning right into Dollywood lane.
We did not get to see Dollywood – or even Dollywood’s Splash Country – but they are on our bucket list for our next visit.
We did see Gatlinburg – which is quite extraordinary. It is hard to describe but is worth driving through if you have an hour to kill - as the traffic inches along at about 1 mph.
It will take some time for the memory of Gatlinburg to fade from our memories but just in case - we have pinned a note on our dashboard ‘do not go to Gatlinburg again’.
We got to see Clingman’s Dome – which you reach by trudging almost vertically for two miles. This is the highest point in the mountains but we could not see anything because of the clouds and mist. But it was good exercise.
There are some parts which are apparently heaving with bears – but we did not get to them. In any event most of America was in the vicinity and I imagine that seeing a bear would be a bit like trying to get close enough to see the Mona Lisa in the Louvre.
We had our Nespresso machine and gallons of wine – and I made a batch of Chili to take with us so we did not have to go out for dinner.
In the evenings we sat on our porch in rocking chairs, drank wine and read.