DAY 4, Thursday (June 13th) -
We were on high bear alert and I had my camera at the ready, but all we saw was a turkey and some deer.
Cades Cove in the park was a great place to explore. The first settlers arrived in the Cove in the early 1820's and by 1850 the population had reached 685. There was an old church, cabins, and other historic buildings that we were able to wander through. It's a really beautiful valley.
|The John Cable Mill at Cades Cove is still operational. A park ranger grinds corn and it is sold in the gift shop. The same grinding stone has been used for 145 years.|
|This is the Becky Cable House built in 1879 with lumber from the Cable Mill. No indoor plumbing and heat came from a fireplace.|
|Butts on the Creek in North Carolina.|
|Robert chows down on the some fried corn on the cob. Delicious!|
With tummies full of brisket we continued on. Passed over the Eastern Continental Divide and around 4pm we hit some really bad weather just west of Mocksville, NC. Leaves and debris were blowing across the freeway and several trees had fallen onto the freeway in the opposite lanes.
|Happy (because we had yet to be carried away by a tornado).|
We survived the tornado warning and the weather had calmed, but now we were stuck in traffic near Richmond. Spent a few romantic minutes in traffic watching the sun set over the semi trucks in front of us.
|The room smelled wonderful!|
|Robert stands in front of "Mary." Unfortunately she wasn't running when we were there.|
|Lois, Gabriel, Robert, Katie, and Mike - The Piersons.|