Summer 2017 Part 1 Tennessee

It’s so easy to get lazy when it comes to writing about the places I’ve been. Over the past summer we went to Tennessee and back and all the way down to the Florida Keys and back. I’ll try to give a little overview of what we did with plenty of pictures along the way!

We went to Tennessee for my wife’s family’s family reunion. We stayed in a cabin and town called Townson which is very close to the Smoky Mountain National Park. One of the first stays there we decide to take a hike to a waterfall. There was a group of 8 of us ranging from 3 years old too… Who knows 50 ish? Anyway, we set out to find the particular waterfall that looked to be about a 4-mile hike one way. At one point we came  to a Crossroads ahead and had to decide  whether to cross the stream or keep going straight on the trail. We chose to cross the stream and ended up being on the wrong route. As we got farther and farther away from the Stream and the bear tracks got bigger and fresher we decided we would turn around and go back. By the time we returned, the hike ended up being over 9 miles with 2,000 feet of elevation gain. I did all this with a three-year-old on my back! But my eight year old son hiked  it like a champ! I almost died… And no, we never did find that waterfall.

 

The next day we tried something a little bit easier and just took a nice drive around the Cades Cove area. If you’re going to Smoky Mountain National Park I highly recommend taking the drive around Cades Cove. Allow plenty of time for stops in pictures. That was about it for our Tennessee trip. It wasn’t a very long trip at all but certainly nice to experience.

 

 

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