Before venturing up to the top of Clingman’s Dome, Ray, the kids and I took a leisurely drive through Cades Cove. The drive to the cove was beautiful… with the road winding and curving through the mountains and alongside a river… though at times it was bit much for me. I’ve found out that I can not read maps while in a moving vehicle… I thought I could… but I can’t.
It was so beautiful in the cove… the perfect day for it really… warm and sunny. While we didn’t see any bears (thank goodness) we did have a group of white tail deer as well as a lone buck get really close to the car. We also saw a group of wild turkeys (yum! hehe) The kids did great – it was a driving tour and only about 9 miles long, but due to a low speed limit… and even slower drivers… it took us about an hour to drive through (not including the longer stop that we made at the mill and old farmstead).
(I didn’t want to make another long picture heavy post, so I put them in the slide show. For some reason it’s doing something to the wide photos… squeezing their sides and stretching them lengthwise… sort of like the one Paula Abdul video from the 90’s 😉 )