Tuesday, May 6, 2014

I saw a bear finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Part 2 of our fabulous trip
After the rally with 40+ people we were tired. Debby and Bob invited us to go with them to Cades Cove, TN and enjoy the scenery.
We followed them all the way from Waynesville NC to Townsend TN. Rather boring watching the back of their towed vehicle, but we were very impressed with how Bob managed that 40+ foot behemoth.

Debby and Bob were great hosts. They have been coming to this area since the 80's and I think they have been in every restaurant and shop in Sevierville. 

Once again we stayed in a very nice big campground, KOA Townsend. We highly recommend it. Usually we stay away from KOA's but this one was big, clean and nice.http://koa.com/campgrounds/townsend-great-smokies/

We had to deal with some dumb birds trying to build a nest in our hitch box and dive bombing us every chance they got. I found out how slow my reaction time is as I tried to take a picture of the little varmints. We had to put a bag over the hitch and tape it shut to keep them out.

We shopped til we dropped in Sevierville,TN and ate at the Old Mill in Pigeon Forge.Oh my at the food....Then on to Cades Cove for a day.Erwin was thrilled that he did not have to drive and could just sit back and enjoy.

There is an 11 or 12 mile loop that you follow around the cove. In some areas there are buildings and roads to turn off on.
The visitors center is great with  lots of gifts to buy, books to skim, and buildings to tour.

We did it all. Then the wild life! I have been going through the Smokies, the Blue Ridge and the Appalachians since I was a child. I had never seen a bear. We were either too early or too late or too hot or too cold, you get the picture right? But this time not one bear but three bears
, one turkey
, a herd of deer
and beautiful flowers
. What more could I ask for?

It is such a great life

We are so fortunate to be able to live the life we want to live and to have the friends we have that love the same travelling life. 

Our Spring trip started off with a trip to the mountains in Waynesville, NC near the Blue Ridge Parkway.
We attended an SKP rally along with about 40 of our friends. Great fun, great food and very little rain. 
We stayed at Creekwood Farms on Jonathan Creek. Rather appropriate, don' t you agree?

 Every one really like the campground. The managers were friendly and as afar as I know no one had any troubles.We were right on the creek and some went fishing. No one in our groups caught a fish but one camper was hauling trout in as fast as he could wet a hook. The reservations system was a little iffy, but corrections were made.

The rally usually starts on Thursday and ends on Sunday. But we love to go at least a day early and greet the SKPs as they arrive.  We have a social time every day around 4:30 and either go out to dinner afterwards or have a pot luck dinner. I have been told they even have breakfast, but I have never been.Then on Saturday there is a short business meeting to go over the plans for the next get together in the fall and sometimes to elect officers.

 Most of the time is spent however with friends either sitting around talking, my favorite activity. Someone always has been somewhere they want to share with the group. We have been friends long enough now with some that we like catching up on their family's activities,too.Then there is always shopping in the nearby towns. The size of our rigs dictates what we can buy.

This time Erwin and I struck out on our own to see the mountains...Remember when I said there was very little rain?

I sort of did not mention the fog on the mountain nor the wind nor the COLD rain. This trip was a short one since we could barely see the hood of our car. Maybe next time.....