ON THE DIVIDING LINE BETWEEN TENNESSEE AND NORTH CAROLINA
This year's big adventure found us on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee where WordyDave's mom lives. From there it's an easy two hour trip to the Smoky Mountains and all the tourist wonders nearby. We don't mind playing the tourist. It's the tourist prices that hurt the most.
The road through Knoxville was under construction in places and the traffic reminded us of the Bay Area at rush hour. Nothing to sing about. We were glad it was only Wednesday.
Turning south east of Knoxville onto 441, we meandered through a beautiful valley on our way to the gateway to the Smokies, the towns of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Dolly Parton was born in Sevierville and Dollywood amusement park is in Pigeon Forge.
SUNSET BARN IN SEVIERVILLE
We tried to find a theatre that first evening, but showed up after the movies had started. The theatre was 1/4 mile off the main highway toward farmland. Right in back of it was a big, bright red barn that needed its picture taken, so I obliged.
NEWFOUND GAP ROAD ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS