Saturday, October 20, 2007
Visiting the Foley's in Tennessee
It was nice visiting friends and just trying to chill out a bit, which ended up being quite difficult for me to do. We did some sightseeing and really had some down time visiting and catching up with all the happenings with one another. During the time we were there they celebrated their 10 year anniversary so while they went out on the town and enjoyed a Dinner Cruise on the Mississippi River we stayed home and watched the kids for them.
We had made a major error when we arrived that caused us a slight delay on the morning we were leaving. They had arranged for us to just drive down their driveway into their unfenced backyard. We were so excited to see them that we did not give it a thorough inspection and by the time we were on our way down the driveway it was too late…we scraped the bottom of our rig, actually only the hitch but going back up was going to be worse. So after looking it all over and checking out all of our options, we chose to drive through the neighborhood, literally. We had to drive through two backyards and down a neighbors driveway onto the next street over. It was an adventure and of course we have learned not to go down too steep of a driveway or any type of road from now on. Of course it all worked out as things usually do in our lives but we are always living and learning.
Here are a few of the places we went sightseeing at while we were in the Great Smoky Mountain area. All of our Photos can be viewed at http://hittheroadjack.shutterfly.com/action/
Cades Cove is located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee is 2500 acres of open space. You drive through it on a one way road that doesn’t open to cars until mid morning, so be sure to check the hours before making your plans. We heard there was so much wildlife but we only seen one deer, it was a good size, probably eight or more point buck grazing in the field, the black bears were not to be found on our visit. It’s a loop, so you end up where you started and we recommend this drive.
Tuckaleechee Caverns is located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the photos we took do not do it justice at all. It is an amazing place and the guide we had was very knowledgeable of the cavern. Many years ago two young boys at the age of six began exploring the caverns…later in their lives they returned…bought the land and created the sight seeing tours. It is really a great place to visit and we highly recommend it.
The Foothills Parkway is located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a wonderful drive. This was suppose to be the peak season for the fall colors but due to the drought the colors were not as vivid as usual. It’s a nice drive, especially after doing the hundreds of stairs on the cavern tour. There are many places to pull off for photos or have lunch as we did. This drive is not a loop and when leaving the park we ended up back on US129, the beautiful drive continued along a lake with a really nice view.
NASCAR SpeedPark in Sevierville was awesome! We drove the go-carts only on a few of the tracks since most of them were not open but there were quite a few that were running. There was a NASCAR store and we found some bargains, still looking for some other items but they are a bit limited with what they have in stock. Visit their website for more information at http://www.nascarspeedpark.com/