Day 5: Tail of the Dragon; Fontana Dam; Tom Branch Falls
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
This, by far, was one of my favorite days! We spent over four hours in the car but it was so much fun! It was one of those drive, stop and see, drive, stop and see kind of days. We drove all the way to the North Carolina side of the Smoky Mountains, starting with a drive on the Tail of the Dragon! Y’all. It is no joke! There are 318 curves in 11 miles and it is known as America’s number one motorcycle and sports car road.
After the suspenseful Tail of the Dragon ride, we stumbled upon this gorgeous lake!
We are lake people so finding this beautiful lake was so perfect! The water was insanely clear (nothing like our muddy Lewisville Lake!) and my husband was so tempted to get in! Just needed our boat! 😉
After staring at the lake for way too long, we headed to the Fontana Dam in North Carolina.
We even saw a bald eagle flying over us! It was so cool!
After visiting the dam, it was time for lunch so we stopped in Bryson City at a little sandwich shop and we had a picnic lunch on the hay bails!
Of course we had to do some hiking! And it was quite the adventure to get to the hiking spot!! Somehow our phone map took us on the most random, out-of-the-way rode to get to Tom Branch Falls. We had to back up on one road and turn around, and then it lead us alllllll around the side and to the back of the park entrance. It was nuts! When we drove out, it was so easy and we were right back where we started when we grabbed lunch…in like 5 minutes (when it took us 30 to get there!). It was humorous to say the least! 😉
But Tom Branch Falls was worth the crazy drive! We LOVED the trail and there were so many falls. It was so pretty and the perfect ending of our long road-trip day!
As we were driving back to our VRBO, we found a bunch of ELK! It was so cool to see and hear them!
Our North Carolina drive was perfect! We love drives like this…where you drive a bit, stop and see things, drive some more, stop and see…so much fun!
And somehow we managed to get back to our VRBO just in time to see the sunset!
Day 6: Hillbilly Golf; Adventure Raceway; Metcalf Bottoms
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Another day, another gorgeous sunrise in Tennessee!
Today we wanted to stay close and not drive too far since we did a LOT of driving the previous day. We wanted to go to Anakeesta Mountaintop Park…but it was PACKED. The line was so long and we just didn’t want to pay to wait in line and go through the park SO we just walked around Gatlinburg, ate lunch and then headed to Hillbilly Golf!
The course was so much fun and we had such a good time! And of course, I started off AH-mazingly but somehow still lost to my husband! I think he fudged his scores 😉
After golf, we headed back to the main road and grabbed ice cream!
After our day in Gatlinburg, we headed back towards the cabin but stopped at Adventure Raceway in Pigeon Forge and drove some go-karts! This was the exact same place my husband drove go-karts as a kid!! And I think it probably looks the same 😉 Our boys still say that the go-karts was one of their favorites activities that we did in Tennessee. Boys for ya!
I had enough city stuff for the day and needed to get back in the trees! So we stopped at Metcaff Bottoms, which wasn’t that far from our cabin and required no long hikes, and the boys wadded in the freezing water. However we did hike a trail for about a 1/2 mile there and back. We wanted to hike all the way to the school but it was getting late so we turned back and drove there instead 😉
Then back to the cabin to count rocks! Haha!
Hope you all have a glorious rest of your week!
I should forward this with a note that this was a trip…not a vacation…because let’s be real…if the kids are going, it’s a trip! 😉 Haha! We were told that from a friend a few years ago and it always stuck with us because it is so true!! You can’t fully relax with kids in … Read More
Day 3: Grotto Falls; Place of a Thousand Drips; Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster Monday, September 28, 2020 Another gorgeous morning in the mountains! Seriously the BEST VRBO we have stayed in! We decided to hike Grotto Falls and it was a much easier hike than the previous day (to see Part 1 of my recap, … Read More