Day Twelve: Great Smoky Mountains
We stayed two nights in Oak Ridge, and today we went back to the Smokey Mountains to go to Cades Cove. The plan was to spend a few hours there and then go the Museum of Appalachia in Clinton. We did that, but we spent way longer in the Cove than we'd planned, so only got to spend an hour at the MoA...
We didn't see bear, but we did see some deer, birds, and butterflies.
Road sign for Townsend. As opposed to the Gatlinburg or Cherokee entrances to the park, Townsend is "the quiet side of the Smokies".
On the road inside the park
Inside the Cove
This is the view across from the John Oliver place
And this is the John Oliver place
In the graveyard (one of several), one family's recurring nightmare
This graphic is rather amusing
This is the old mill, still grinding corn
Last week a really bad summer storm closed the Cove for a few days and actually killed some campers. This is some of the still-visible damage.
Here are a few shots from our short visit to the Museum of Appalachia, which really deserves a good half a day:
A handmade bed
A small doctor's office from up in the mountains - this is where he worked out of when he wasn't riding circuit