Thursday, September 29, 2016

Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Treky says that the shadows on the road are confusing so he and the car in front of us are slowing down.  Slowing down means instead of going 10 MPH, we will go 5 MPH.  Tippy thinks it's beautiful and restful.

We thought the objects on the left might be wild life - but no - it's just stumps.  Thats Treky's dashboard reflection in the lower part of the  picture.

Just a nice view

The Cove - It seems that the cove is a valley between three mountains

At one time, the cove was populated.  There are three churches on the road around the cove.  This is one.  I'm told that all three churches are very popular for wedding sites.

A few leaves are beginning to turn. I think it will be about another two or three weeks before they are at full color.  Hundreds of thousand of people come to this area when the leaves turn colors.

This is my favorite scene.  Can you imagine wandering around up there on foot.  I suppose someone has.

There are little wooden bridges over fast running creeks - white water.

I like the little creeks, their banks and reflections much better than waterfalls - - to each his own.

Tippy and Treky were screaming excitedly - "Look, look, there's wild life, stop, stop".

Just as I zoomed in, he heard Tippy and Treky yelling and he looked up.  Lucky shot.

Tippy's favorite was the "Tipton Place".  She wants to explore the old house - but no pets allowed.

Goodbye, Cades Cove - Ron, Tippy and Treky love you.

We may not post for a few days - Rallies are not very interesting unless you are there.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Going to Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountain NP

The road from Pigeon Forge, TN to Cades Cove is pretty much what you see here = double yellow lines, 35 MPH, lots of hills and curves.  I'm not in a hurry - I'm retired.

You can see that the leaves have not started to turn yet.

That's why they call them the "smoky" mountains.

Here we are - Photo through Treky's dirty windshield.

More hills and curves...........

And a cute little tunnel - Treky says that he can clear this one easily.

National Park sign pointing to Cades Cove Visitor's Center.

Those are horses  but it is in fields like this that we may see wild life.

We took the Cades Cove Loop Road.  It's one lane, one way, 13 miles long and goes counter clockwise around the cove.  Those are more horses.  Treky says that it will take us about two hours to complete the 13 miles - lots of pull offs and bicycle riders will slow us down - Again, we're retired and not in a hurry.

More about the Cove tomorrow

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Yesterday, I identified these as ducks.  It was called to my attention that they are Canada Geese.  Out of the water, it's easier to see that they are Canada Geese.  Thanks for the correction.

The city of Pigeon Forge has set aside a large field and named it Patriot Park.  This liberty bell is part of the decoration.

Adjacent to Patriot Park is the "Trolley Terminal" where you change trolleys to go from one place to another.  Traffic in Pigeon Forge is bad so the trolley is the way to go.

As long as I have been going to Pigeon Forge, the Old Mill has been a fixture.

Because traffic is heavy, crosswalks are provided throughout this part of Pigeon Forge.

I decided to have lunch in the Pottery House Cafe & Grill.  Note the Halloween decorations.

I had an egg salad sandwich and a bowl of "loaded" potato soup.  The soup was loaded and was delicious.  All for $8.95 - An excellent price for a tourist town, I think.

Pottery House cafe flowers

Pottery House Cafe Halloween decorations

There are many shops in this immediate area.  Some reasonable prices - some not so reasonable.  The candy shop wanted $8.99 for three ounces of chocolate covered peanuts.  I shouldn't eat so much sugar anyway - It's not that I'm cheap.  I passed on the chocolate covered peanuts.  For that price, I could buy about 30 Snickers.  I don't need them either.  Hah.

Tomorrow, we show up at the Good Sam Rally in Sevierville, Tennessee - about three miles from here.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Monday, September 26, 2016

KOA Campground - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Tippy enjoyed the ride to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in her new fleece lined seat cushion.

We are camped in site #24 at the KOA in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  This is the view out Treky's rear window.

Tippy and I enjoy walking this trail along the bank of the Little Pigeon River.

The ducks like the river too.

Tippy said, "Zoom in on those ducks".

Wonderful place where Tippy and I ate supper - over looking the Little Pigeon River in the shade of that old tree watching the ducks.

I may ride the trolley around town tomorrow if they let me take Tippy.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Good Sam Rally Perry Georgia Final Day

Tippy's favorite spot - Watching the lake near our campsite

She loves to walk along the shore.  There is a nice breeze coming from across the lake.

She is investigating a dead fish - Yuck!

The lake goes on and on.  The building on the left is one of the restroom/showers.  The trees around the lake made for a shady walk.

Our next adventure will be a Good Sams of Tennessee rally in Sevierville, TN in about 10 days.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Monday, September 19, 2016

Good Sam Rally, Perry, GA Day 2

On the second day, Tippy and I walked to the Clock Tower.

Our Android Pedometer app showed that we walked over 10,000 steps - That's almost five miles.  My stride is about 36 inches - Tippy's is about four inches. so...................That means that Tippy took over 90,000 steps!!

And it wore her out.

I regained my strength with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

After lunch, I went back to the vendor's area and bought a hat.  I now have three hats in Treky.  My new hat is the Air Force one on the left.  In the center is my First Flight hat that I bought at Kitty Hawk, NC, and on the right is my 2016 National Parks Anniversary hat.

While I was gone hat shopping, Tippy drug out her one toy that stays in Treky.  That dog loves toys.

This is the big transformer that provides power to Treky's row of campsites.

This is the tram that transported campers from their sites to the main rally area.

Nature versus Technology.  Sunset over communication towers.  There is even an old Fire Tower.

Some campers flew the United States and Good Sam flags.

This is the lake near Treky's campsite.  Tippy loves this lake.  We've run out of room.  Tomorrow's post will be mostly about Tippy and her lake.

Ron, Tippy and Treky