Saturday, June 4, 2016

Smoky Mountains

 We went to Tennessee last weekend.  We stayed in a log cabin that had a foosball table and hot tub at the boys' request.  My request was hiking every day.  After some chatting with a friend who went weeks ago, we decided to start at Cade's Cove.  
 There were lots of pull offs for photo opportunities.  
 We saw a momma bear in the tall grass.  A family that stopped beside us told us that there were two babies in a tree, but we didn't see them. 
 We ate a quick lunch and then started our hike! 
 There were LOTS of people on the trail.  We traded family pix with another family.  
 About a mile into our hike, someone got really cranky!  When I called him out on his moaning and groaning, he decided to walk WAY ahead of us.  I laughed when we caught up to him at this point.  
 This guy did great, but it could have been because he was 
loving the positive attention we were giving him for not pouting.  
 Our expected payoff was Abram's Falls.  I do have to say (for me) it was a little disappointing to get there and have TONS of people sitting around.  I expected this serene beautiful waterfall.
 We traded off family photos again.  
What you don't see is the line of people waiting to get his exact photo opp.  
 Initially, Ethan was happy to head back.  
What he didn't remember was that the beginning of our trek was mostly downhill.  
 We thought we might see a bear on our hike, but we didn't.  We did see a snake!  
 Three hours later.....
As we were leaving, we saw a huge crowd of cars.  We stopped and finally saw one baby bear in the tree!  Nate and I had a blast.  Link said he had fun.  Ethan said...."It was ok."  
After a few hours playing foosball and soaking in the hot tub, I was ready for day two.

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