Traveling in Tennessee
Sometimes, you just need a good long road trip. You never know what you will see along the way. It is also nice to not be the one driving so you can take photos when the opportunity arises. We hadn’t even gotten out of Indiana when this interesting truck was suddenly in front of us. I took the photo mostly because kid number two seems to like all things with mustaches. I also took it so I could figure out what it was all about. Thanks to my friend, Tina, I now know this is a reference to the movie Tombstone. The phrase was uttered by Val Kilmer, who played Doc Holliday.
During the week we stayed in the Pigeon Forge area of Tennessee, we took a side trip into the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. The first stop was Cades Cove. This was enjoyable because there were lots of old buildings in a village like setting. They had a little stamp you could use in your park passport booklet, but since I didn’t have one of those I asked if I could just stamp it on some blank receipt tape to put in my bullet journal later. They gladly let me have a small bit of their register tape and I stamped it and tucked it away. It wasn’t until later in the day that I noticed the stamp was dated the day before we went because nobody thought to change the date. My excuse is that I was on vacation and not thinking about the actual date on the calendar.
We noticed the GPS on the phone was basically useless inside the park and while driving around the mountains. This is all we had most of the time.
Hubby wanted to go to Clingmans Dome, so I told him that was fine. Once we finally got there, I let him wander off to climb the circular ramp up to the dome. There was no way my fear of heights was going to allow me to go there, so I hung out near the car and gift shop. Here is the stamp for visiting there.
We pulled off the highway at one point to stop at a scenic overlook and I got a few photos with my phone (LG V20). That is hubby on the rock, he is almost as tall as the mountain, don’t you think?
The photo above and below were taken with the panoramic setting I didn’t know I had on my phone and they really look cool. I will have to play around with that again sometime.
It was the perfect day for such a drive. Not too hot or too cold. Sunny and beautiful. I was able to do some reading, a little crocheting on the latest hat, lots of looking out the window and a few photo ops. Actually, I made a complete hat and started another one while we drove to, from and all around the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. If you ever find yourself in the area, I absolutely recommend making this a part of your trip. Check back for more photos of our adventures out in the world.