We went to Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountain National Park today. It was a beautiful drive (would have been gorgeous if it hadn't been raining)! The fall colors are so pretty! There were LOTS of people - most of the time it was bumper to bumper traffic! But we still saw a number of deer and turkey. The bears must not like the rain!
When we finished the Cades Cove Tour, we headed for Gatlinburg to drive the 8-mile Arts & Crafts Tour. Eleven years ago it was a real highlight of our time there. Just getting to the beginning of the tour took a long time because of all of the traffic. We stopped right away at the quilt shop, Mountain Stitches by Susan. As the afternoon wore on, we decided to skip the tour - it was much more commercialized than we remember and there were way too many people for us.
When we got back to Townsend, we decided to eat early and then just come home to our Cabin Sweet Cabin. We had dinner at the Back Porch Cafe - it was recommended by the Ranger at the Visitor Center. He said they were known for their cobblers. The soup and the cobbler were both good!
Tonight we are doing laundry (it is so nice to have a washer and dryer in the cabin), having a fire, and making a little popcorn - just a cozy mountain evening on a rainy night!