I could NOT forget Cades Cove. I know I’ve written about it before, but it really is one of our favorites. We go several times a year, but our fall trip is a MUST. We went this last weekend to see the fall colors and hopefully see some critters. Didn’t see much all day. Then right before sunset, we saw several deer and a black bear. This was one healthy bear, too. Bordering on fat, I’d say, which is exactly where it should be this time of year I suppose. It crossed the road a few cars in front of us and we all got a pretty decent view. No matter how many times we see a black bear, it never gets old and is always exhilarating.
We drove the loop twice, had a picnic, the kids played in the stream, and snacked in the car. I’m thankful for the family time-without electronics of any kind-that we get to enjoy up there. If you live anywhere within driving distance, I would highly recommend you make the trip. If you need more information or want to see even more pictures from this amazing piece of the national park, find it here: http://www.smokiesinformation.org/
I am so blessed to live in beautiful East Tennessee!