Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Mammonth Cave Caravan, May 2nd!

The next morning we all gather at the campground entrance for a bus tour to Cades Cove (in the Smoky Mountain National Forest)

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We all get settled on the bus and off we go

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We've got some great river views on the way in

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We saw some wild turkeys

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Lots of majestic mountain scenery

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A deer

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and a Bear!!!

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We also learned that Cades Cove was a thriving settlers community with

Churches

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Cemetaries

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(If you can prove you are a direct desendent of the settlers here, you can still be buried here)

A town center with the public building

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A blacksmith shop

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a water run mill

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(Did you know "millin around" came from the settlers coming into town and waiting on their turn to have their corn/grain milled)

and the grand house in town

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Of course most of the settlers lived in log homes like this

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We returned to the campground and I got shots of all of us at the campground.

FYI the website for the Little River KOA is: http://koa.com/campg...-great-smokies/

Snarky Sign is out again!!

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Also, Olivia (Liv Luvs Disney) and her beautiful children came by for a bit

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Then the group all wandered down the road for dinner at a local place

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The name is.....

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After dinner, we once again got a fire going, pulled out the happy hour stuff and enjoyed each other's company.

Coming next, heading for Virginia/Tennessee/Kentucky!!

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