Located just a few short miles from Pigeon Forge, nestled in the Smokey Mountains, is a little slice of heaven known as Cade’s Cove. Touring this valley is absolutely breath-taking because of all the mountains, foliage and wildlife. The road leading into Cade’s Cove is a one-way, loop-style drive, with paved areas to pull over to get a better look at grazing and free-roaming animals. Making the journey even more enjoyable was being able to share it with my sisters, Linda and Brenda, and our cousin, Joe Shadwrick and his wife Dyann, (whom we hadn’t seen in 15 years!!!) However, Joe and Linda did visit when they were just kids, and reminisced about things they remembered. So, pull up a chair, sit, and enjoy the scenery as I show you around….
This is just one of the many views we saw as we drove down the road, inhaling the fresh mountain air and taking in the astonishing views.
We met some friends along the way, and, of course, I had to get out and pet them.
“THERE’S A BAR IN THEM THAR WOODS!!!!” For those of you who do not speak country, the translation is “It’s a bear!!!!”
This black bear was grazing in a field. No, I did NOT get close, but I DID use my zoom lens!! I was taken by surprise at the number of people who actually climbed OVER the fence to get a better look. I guess some people just don’t understand the meaning of “wild animals!”
We also saw a wolf, which I found to be quite exciting!!!
This beautiful creature ran off right after I snapped this photo.
Look at how low these clouds were, just hanging onto the sides of the mountains.
Cotton balls or cotton candy???? You be the judge!!!
We came upon this old cabin, once called home by early settlers. I was a little adamant at first about going inside because I don’t like spiders or other little creepy crawly critters. But I’m sure glad I did. If not, I would have missed this exquisite beauty!!
Also on this property was an old shed housing an antique horse wagon.
I took the time to walk this property, get a close look at this wagon, and listen to the water in the stream as it babbled over rocks.
Here are just a few views of the valley and mountains….
We all had a really good time and loved everything we saw there. We laughed and talked about “the old days,” while we made new memories that we can cherish for the rest of our lives.
On our way out, we stopped at this store, which was filled with souvenirs and other kinds of goodies. Everybody got an ice cream cone, then retreated to the front porch of the store, sitting in wooden rocking chairs and sharing stories. It was truly a wonderful day….
National Park Market, Cade’s Cove
If you’re ever in this neck of the woods, take the time to visit this beautiful area. You’ll be glad you did!
Until next time….
Take care and God Bless!!!