Monday, July 30, 2007
Not long after we arrived, we saw the hatchery truck dumping fish into our pond. We certainly hoped that this was a good sign. Lots of fish in the pond must mean that we'll catch them, right?
Barbara and I took the chairs and found a nice, shady spot on the bank. Certainly you didn't think we'd stand, did you?
It wasn't too long till Larry had a bite. He even hooked that bad boy - or so we thought. We did see it - as it escaped his hook just before he got it onto the bank. No really, we did see it. I'd guess it was about 6 or 7 inches long. But tricky enough to get off his line before it was too late.
Julian was the winner, though. After we had lunch, he reeled in the one and only fish of the day. But that counts. One fish is better than none. One is better than being skunked. One is better than we'd done there last week... or last year for that matter. Wanna see the big honkin' prize-winner? Look closely!
You may want to click on this photo and see it in it's larger format. The big bad fish is hard to see in this reduced picture.
Julian says he's been catching fish in the creek behind our coach. He even kept one, hoping for more and enough for a meal. But when they stopped biting, he nursed the one back to health and released him back into the creek. I know he's been catching them. I believe him! He just hasn't been taking his camera so that he can prove it to everyone.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
And then on Monday afternoon, our neighbors from Leesburg arrived. They will be here for two weeks and it will be fun having them around to do stuff with. They got their motor coach shortly after we did and this will be their longest trip out in it so far.
We’ve had lots of rain this week and have had to dodge the storms to do anything. Yesterday turned out to be no exception.
We took off with our friends at about 10am. We drove through Cherokee and the
From there we drove west to take a tour of Cades Cove. This is a beautiful area that has been somewhat preserved since the 1800s. It was very interesting to see how the people lived in that era. I’ve always said I would not have made a good pioneer and seeing these homes and buildings surely reinforced that.
Our first stop was at the
The house itself was just one room with the big fireplace on one end. There were steps to the second floor, but they were pretty steep, so I didn’t go up. The guide book says that’s where the sons of the household slept. Everyone else on the main floor.
This is the back of the house, with Julian and our friend, Larry, to the right. Looks like they had some heated debate going on.
We passed by three different churches, two Baptist and one Methodist. As time was getting short, we didn’t stop at any of them. We did stop next at the Cable Mill and
This is the grist mill, which still works.
Here’s the Cantilever Barn.
They had a demonstration near the barn of different toys the kids played with back then. It was like sitting in grandma’s house! They had the button on the string, only they used small wooden disks cut from branches and with two holes in them. People were amazed by these things and yet I remember them so well from when we were kids.
This is the smokehouse. It still smelled smoky in there.
Here’s proof we were really there. This is in front of the house, which was little more than three rooms and an upstairs.
From there we headed back out of the “park”. It’s a long, slow drive on a one-way, narrow road. And people kept stopping in the road to take pictures of the deer. But we managed to be almost out by the time the rain started to pour down on us.
We drove back home by a different route, which seemed to go faster than the way we had come over that morning. It rained on us the whole way home and then for a couple hours more. Poor Heidi, who hates water of any kind, had a hard time of it. And her dinner was late, to boot!
So far today we have sunshine and nice weather. We’re a bit tired of the rain, so we hope this weather will hold up for a few days.
Until next time, happy trails to you all!
Sunday, July 22, 2007
In spite of it taking me a week to get this first entry, we did arrive here in the
It was reminiscent of last summer, but our friends aren’t here this summer. So we invited the ducks.
On Thursday, we went onto the Cherokee Reservation to do some fishing. We’d heard good things about the fishing there, but weren’t able to prove any of it. But we have proof we tried!
Julian’s been fishing on our creek here at the campground and has had some success. Nothing big enough to keep, yet, but there’s always tomorrow.
While on the reservation we found
Saturday was waterfall day. We drove south into
Next was Looking Glass Falls. I don’t know why it’s called that, but it was nice.
The next one we stopped at was called
From there we had the hike of the day. We probably wouldn’t have done it if we had known ahead of time. The guide books said “hike upstream about 1000’ on level ground.” Well, there wasn’t anything level about it – all up hill. But in the end, it was worth it.
Those are the highlights of our first week of this three month adventure. We’re having a great time. We hope you are enjoying your days as much.