Day Two in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Cades Cove
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Mike and I slept in a little late this morning after having such an extremely long day yesterday. I got up just before 10:00am and started started the coffee and after Mike got up I started breakfast. Eggs, bacon, toast, and coffee. Delicious.
After hitting the road we stopped at Subway for some sandwiches and stopped by the grocery store for a couple of two liter sodas, ice, a foam ice chest, and some chips. Our trip out to Cades Cove is thru the mountains and there is nothing to eat or drink along the way. We will eat our lunch at the visitors center at Cades Cove. They have a gift shop and restrooms.
The weather this morning is overcast and rainy. A complete 360 from yesterday. Our goal for the day was Cades Cove. The road there follows the river and there are plenty of places to pull off and walked down to the river and take a few photos. Cades Cove is a mountain community with old houses, farms, and barns. There is wild deer, turkey, geese, and today for the first time we say a coyote stalking some deer. The deer saw him and flashed there white talis and took off. The right place at the right time. The one way paved road circles the valley and is approxitmately 8 miles long. You cross a few shallow streams, climb some hills and tackle lots of curves. It's a very nice drive!!
It's only a twenty five mile drive there but it's full of curves or switch backs along the way and on a 35 mph speed limit most of the way it takes about an hour to get there.