Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Memories Rewind: Cade's Cove

We piled into the car and headed for the mountains. Cade's Cove and all of its adventures awaited us.

The car bounded along on the gravel trail. Deer wandered all around, unafraid of the visitors. We were so excited, so we got out to walk around. Old fashioned churches with wooden pews dotted the landscape. I was intrigued by these buildings because I was transported to a simpler time and place. Back then, people made an effort to become a community. People did more things together.

Very curious, we continued walking. We came upon an old building with a working water wheel. I loved this! Papa went ahead of us, carefully explaining how the corn was ground into flour. I could picture a woman laboring over that grinder just to get a little bit of flour. That was hard work.

I had had enough of the walking for awhile, so we got back on the trail. I spotted several people fumbling for their cameras out of my eye. "Look, Papa! I wonder what those people are doing?"

Then, I saw it, there were a few black bears and their cubs very close to us. I couldn't believe that some people would risk their lives for a photo! I was perfectly content to sit in our air conditioned cars and comfy seats, thank you very much.

Thanks to the zoom on Granny's camcorder, we were able to see the bear. That was enough of an adventure for me.

Any interesting stories to tell about a family trip you took?
If you want more information about Cade's Cove, click here. We did the Auto Tour. (Image Credit: the Microsoft Clip Art collection on my computer)


tam7777 said...

Cade's Cove in Pigeon Forge is a great place to visit. We seen bears the last time we went up. Dirt roads and all.