Smoky Mountains

Join us as we embark on another exciting summer trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Nashville, and Mammoth Cave National Park.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Disney trip got canceled, so JKLMN decided to plan something else. We’re headed east, to the Great Smoky Mountains!

JKLMN enjoying the views in Cades Cove

Cades Cove

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 What a day!! We biked 12.5 miles, saw 6 bears and spent the evening relaxing. Today we traveled to Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cades Cove has a scenic loop that the park closes down to vehicles all day on Wednesdays. They only allow bikers and hikers forContinue reading “Cades Cove”

JKLMN at the Alum Cave Trailhead

Smoky Mountain Rain

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Today was another day for hiking. We had already done a day of several short hikes so today we wanted to do one longer hike. Now, for serious hikers today’s hike would not be considered a long hike but when you are hiking with 3 kids five-miles, mostly uphill, is loooong.Continue reading “Smoky Mountain Rain”

JKLMN visit Dollywood!


Monday, July 6, 2020 We spent today in Dollywood! We debated long and hard on if we wanted to go to Dollywood. We had multiple reasons to not go: 1) Covid-19 (stupid Coronavirus), 2) Expensive, 3) Covid-19 (who wants to wear a mask ALL DAY in the heat), 4) Crowded, 5) We are not bigContinue reading “DOLLYWOOD”

JKLMN at the Tennessee/North Carolina State Line.

Hiking the Smokies

Sunday, July 5, 2020 Today was hiking day. We did 3 different hikes today for a total of 8.31 miles. We also drove the Newfound Gap Road that took us all the way across the GSMNP from the Tennessee entrance to the North Carolina entrance. We started our day early by arriving at Clingmans DomeContinue reading “Hiking the Smokies”

JKLMN at Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Happy Independence Day from Great Smoky Mountain National Park!

Saturday, July 4, 2020 Today we had a full day of biking, hiking, truck riding, & rafting. We started our day at the Sugarlands Visitor Center at the Gatlinburg entrance to Great Smoky Mountain National Park. There is where you can find the trailhead to the Gatlinburg Trail, one of the only trails you canContinue reading “Happy Independence Day from Great Smoky Mountain National Park!”

Ragged old flag

July 4, 2020 Today I’m thankful. I’m thankful for the freedoms that we have in this country to do the things that make us happy. No, we’re not perfect. We have our flaws. We argue, bicker, pick, and sometimes even fight. But above all, we care about each other. I don’t care how much weContinue reading “Ragged old flag”

JKLMN at Ryman Auditorium


THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2020 Day 2 in Nashville did not disappoint! We only had a day and a half to see as much of Nashville as we possibly could. I know there is so much more of the area to explore, but we chose to focus on downtown. We started the day at the WhatContinue reading “NASHVILLE”

What’s The Plan?

The plan is to tow our 2014 Rockwood 8312ss “Rocky” over 1300 miles round trip through the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, North Carolina and Kentucky with our tow vehicle “Bullwinkle”. “Bullwinkle” is a 2016 GMC 2500HD SLT with a 6.6L Duramax Diesel engine coupled to a 6 speed Allison Transmission (my everyday driver by theContinue reading “What’s The Plan?”

%d bloggers like this: