Alright, I’ve been slacking. Back to the rest of the Tennessee trip…
On Monday, I awoke to find that my car had not been flipped over or eaten by a black bear, so I was pretty stoked about that. We slept in for a good while, which was really nice after waking up early so many days in a row. We cruised out to the State Park in Gatlinburg and took a super narrow, twisty road through the mountains within the park. It was pretty wild driving through the mountains on a driveway-esque road, but thankfully it was nice and smooth.
A couple snaps of the inside of the cabin- pretty cool:
Alicia had done some research about waterfalls in the area, so we found the trail head for the specific one we chose and parked the car to head into the woods. It was weird seeing my car out in the middle of a forest- for sure a cool experience. It was about a 1.5 mile hike down the trail to get to the waterfall, which was plenty long for us in the Tennessee heat. We could have gone to a larger waterfall with a paved route and shorter walk, but we decided to at least rough it a little bit.
Checking out the falls- pretty cool:
After getting back to the car, we drove back up the mountain to the cabin and got ready to go to dinner. It’s a little tricky to find a nice restaurant in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area. We weren’t exactly looking to go to Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede or anything for our anniversary dinner, even though Alicia loved it as a kid, lol. Everything is just super tourist-oriented there, so that made it tough. We ended up at this place called Bullfish Grill, which ended up being pretty nice and very chill. I was excited to be somewhere that wasn’t super busy like the rest of those towns- non stop cars and people everywhere.
The next post will be the final installment of the trip!