Time for the Molloy Family to once again hit the road as a move is in order. This time, my Wife, who was finishing up her Doctorate in Pharmacy in Massachusetts, was finally moving out to live with me in Missouri. It had been several years of living apart and we were eager to make the move and get back to living together like a "normal" couple. As per usual we planned on stopping at various places along the trip to make it a little more interesting and to break up the monotony of driving. One of the places on our list was Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
We like to stay at bed and breakfasts whenever possible so we booked a room at the Eight Gables Inn and I can honestly say it was one of the nicest bed and breakfasts we have ever stayed in. The rooms were comfortable, the food was excellent and the service was great. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a place near the park. We got in pretty late so we went to the Inn the night before and didn't really see around. But the next morning we drove through Gatlinburg to get to the park and let me tell you that place is something. If you have never been to Gatlinburg I don't think I even have the words to describe it. It is like a tourist trap on steroids, definitely not what I would expect going to a national park. It was really crazy, there were people everywhere, tons of shops, a Ripleys believe it or not museum, carnival rides, I mean really over the top. We weren't interested in that so we drove through and spent the day in the park which is worlds apart from Gatlinburg.
completed Highpoints. We stopped at a number of scenic overlooks and I was surprised to see that the park does really live up to its name. The fog that collects in between the mountains in the valleys does really look like smoke, it stayed foggy like that for the majority of the day and made for some really incredible pictures.
|Trailhead to Clingman's dome|
Feel free to leave any comments or suggestions for our next adventure! Enjoy.