Day four of our Great Smoky Mountains Adventure had us back early for a drive through Cades Cove, a sheltered valley containing more historical buildings in one place than any other area of the Park. This route is notorious for slow-moving traffic, so we prepared ourselves for a veritable parking lot, but it was pretty much flowing the entire time we were there. What’s more, the “Old Timers Day Festival” (a bluegrass and homesteader heritage event) was going on, which treated us to much live music and interesting conversation.
What’s a trip to Appalachia without a surprise “fire and brimstone” sermon in a 150 year old, plank church in the middle of the woods?
Old Cable Mill still grinds flour for sale.
Back at Camp GRITS, we enjoyed some veggie dogs around the fire, a delicious Oktoberfest from Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing (mommy and daddy only), and read aloud some Choose Your Own Adventure. Good times, indeed.