Our next stop was Sevierville, Tn near Pigeon Forge. We stayed at Riverside RV Park and had a nice pull through site with full hook ups for $32/night. Not bad for a decent park in a good location. The leaf colors were pretty close to peak and we felt certain the area would be crowded, which it was. Our first destination was Cades Cove, which we haven't been to in many years. The drive there and through the park provided spectacular leaf color. We did get to see quite a lot of wildlife there including a mama bear and her two cubs, wild turkeys, and a herd of deer. We rode the entire loop through the cove and suffered through the bumper to bumper traffic. The next day we traveled Highway 441 through the Smokey Mountain National Park to Cherokee, NC. We visited the casino while there and made a contribution to the Cherokee fund and headed back across the mountain to our home on wheels in Sevierville. As soon as we got to the east entrance of the Smokey Mountain NP, we spotted a large herd of elk grazing in a large meadow beside the highway. We, along with five thousand other folks stopped to shoot a few pictures. This part of the highway is four lanes and they had the inside lane blocked off for folks to stop and take pictures so I assume this must be a regular occurrence. We counted 22 elk in this herd with several large bull elk.
We've had another great trip seeing parts of our country that were new to us and have made many new friends along the way and visited with several long time friends. We especially enjoyed having our granddaughter, Bailey, with us the first part of the trip where we made wonderful memories. We are truly blessed to be able to travel as we have and look forward to many more travels. Lastly, thanks to our family, friends and followers for traveling along with us and your many comments.
Here is a summary of this trip: We were on the road about 16 weeks, we traveled in excess of 9,000 miles, we traveled through 15 states, took over 4,000 photographs and there were over 4,000 page views on the blog.
|Entrance to Riverside RV Park in Sevierville, Tn.|
|Our Site for 5 nights|
|The mountains were alive with color. This was taken on the way to Cades Cove.|
|The yellow leaves were especially pretty.|
|This shot was taken at the I-40 rest area near the NC Tennessee state line. If I'm not mistaken, that's a maple tree.|
|Colorful leaves in Cades Cove.|
|We were lucky in that they crossed the road right in front of us, so we were able to have a good view.|
|This is the "new" Methodist Church that was built in 1902. The original church dated back to 1820. The church cemetery is to the right in this picture with many graves dating back to the 1800's.|
|Inside the Cades Cove Methodist Church.|
|There was an old piano in the church that still worked. Crickett played a little to see if she remembered how.|
|Pretty tree in church cemetery.|
|Cades Cove Missionary Baptist Church founded in 1839. This building was built in 1915.|
|View of back of church and cemetery.|
|This RV was parked in the church parking lot. I'm not sure if it's considered a class A or class C. It was from from Germany. Pretty unusual to see a foreign RV here in the states.|
|We saw a flock of turkeys in this meadow, but they're not visible in this photo.|
|These deer were actually further away than they look here. Shot was taken at full zoom and then some serious cropping to get this close.|
|Shot of Gatlinburg from one of the overlooks on the way back from Cades Cove.|
|Herd of elk we came across on the way back from Cherokee.|