|The Great Smoky Mountains National Park|
|The Leaves are Changing|
|Looking Down into Gatlinburg|
|Great Smoky Mountains National Park Sugarlands Visitor's Center|
|Bridge Leading to the Visitor's Center|
|Striped Skunk eats insects, worms, small rodents, frogs, salamanders and fruit.|
|Gray Fox - (I love foxes!) He climbs trees and rests on limbs, harvests persimmons|
in abundance in the park by shy and hard to see.
|Woodchuck aka Ground Hog aka "Whistle Pig" loves to eat wildflowers|
then hibernates until March when he goes out to look for his shadow.
|Great Horned Owl has a deep "hoo, hoohoo, hoo, hoo" love to eat Cottontail Rabbits|
|Raccoon are found in soft mud and sand along the creeks|
|The Red Fox (another of my favorites) is stunning and active during daylight hunting mice and small animals including|
grasshoppers, bird eggs, fruit, berries and seeds, but he's not a common site in the park.
|Wild Hogs uproot sod, saplings and shrubs and invade all parts of the park.|
|The Bobcat - (one of my favorites as much as foxes) - is a quiet, solitary hunter.|
|Bobcats is common in the park but rarely observed.|
|Opossums eat fruit, insects, mushrooms, eggs, young birds and carrion.|
You see them at night where they prefer old, overgrown fields or open woods and streams.
Once we got to Gatlinburg, only 10 minutes from Pigeon Forge where we are staying, we parked in a 3 story parking structure. We got an end unit for our tuna boat huge dually truck and stepped right out on the street. It turns out that there was an old log cabin from the early 1800s tucked right up into the parking structure! Curiosity overtook me and we stepped inside the Ogle Cabin. I love all things old and historic so when I saw this I was in hog heaven! Our host, Debbie, told us all about the history of the Ogle family. If you clink on the 3 links, it will tell you a very interesting history.
|The Ogle Cabin|
|A fearless pioneer!|
|Debbie was a great hostess.|
|10 people slept in this 10' x 14' foot log cabin.|
|Antique dresser and chair|
|Sign hanging on the beams|
|Saber above the bed|
|This is where we parked our truck - right next to the cabin.|
|Flowers adorned the city.|
|More flowers, river and walkways|
|Miniature Golf up the mountain! Gatlinburg had LOTS of pee-wee golf!|
|Stop 8 on the Route|
|Building exterior - lots of people were hanging around.|
|...and hillbilly workers (hee-hee)|
|Probably 100 people were inside tasting the moonshine!|
|Scott's Sugar Addiction to Divinity|
|Our table...we sat by a couple celebrating their anniversary from Ohio.|
When we got home, my little duck friend that I met this morning was still hanging around. It rained earlier this morning with a good downpour for about a half hour and when I walked outside the back door of the RV, there was this duck right at my feet! Scared the bajeebers out of me! And, he's been around all day and even when we got home at 8:45 p.m. tonight. He must be a resident of the park.
|Wading in the Water this Morning.|
|Digging for bugs, I guess.|
|Waddling Around in the Water|
|Looking for mischief.|
OH! That reminds me! We are spending an extra night here in Pigeon Forge but we have to leave on the 20th. When I plotted in our course for Franklin County, Missouri - our next stop - I totally forgot about the Eclipse on the 21st! We are going to be in trouble because Franklin County is right in the center viewing strip and looking at directions through Nashville to Paducah, Kentucky and over to Franklin County ALL OF IT is in the prime center of the eclipse. We won't be able to find lodging anywhere AND the freeways and roadways will most likely be jammed...we have to come up with a plan between now and then...stay tuned!