River Plantation RV Park site #435
Many Rally attendees left on Sunday after the farewell breakfast. The park really emptied out. We stayed around and relaxed joining the remainder of the rv-dreamers in a campfire at Howard and Linda’s site in the evening. It’s sad but we know that we will meet many of them on the road and stay in touch by following blogs and such. It’s a great community of like minded people.
After saying good-bye to several more friends on Monday morning, we decided to go to Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains for the afternoon. It’s a beautiful, long relaxing ride up the mountain. There’s a bubbling mountain river right beside the road most of the way up. We had to pull off a couple of times to just soak it in. We love the mountains. It’s a Sylville kind of place.
A guy was enjoying his kayak in the cool mountain rapids. Don’t worry. We have no intentions of white water yakking.
We enjoyed a cone of soft-serve ice cream at the store just before entering Cades Cove. This is a park dedicated to preserving the lifestyle of a mountain farming community from days gone by. It is an 11 mile one way auto-tour that has about 80 buildings and several trails to enjoy. The first building we came upon was the John Oliver Place which was built in the early 1820’s. This shot was taken from about a quarter mile away (nice zoom).
There were many other people out enjoying this beautiful day. The next building was the Primitive Baptist Church which was built in 1887. All of the churches are right beside the road so I got out to walk around. My grandparents were active in their own Primitive Baptist Church many years ago so I couldn’t help but to think of them.
Next came the Methodist Church built in 1902 by JD McCampbell. It was built in 115 days at a cost of $115. If you are into genealogy, it would be interesting to check out old cemeteries like these.
The next church is the Missionary Baptist Church. This building dates from 1915. It was only a small cemetery there.
The next place that we stopped at in the loop was the Cable Mill Historic Area. Gin was pretty exhausted so she didn’t get out of the car so I took a quick shot of some of the buildings. It is an area devoted to show how life was lived back then. We sure do take a lot for granted now. Click on any picture to enlarge.
Our next stop was at the Dan Lawson Place which was built in 1856.
This area must have been what Pigeon Forge and Sevierville looked like many years ago before it was overly commercialized.
The next homestead was the Tipton Place. Traffic was backing up so we didn’t know what to expect. There were barns on one side of the road and the house and barns on the other side.
I guess the bumper to bumper traffic was about a half mile long. Then we realized why. A black bear was 15 feet from the road. We slowed down like everyone else and tried to take a picture. I didn’t want to stop entirely so this is the best shot of a bear’s butt peaking out from behind a tree.
A little further ahead, the traffic slowed a little bit because there were three white tailed deer right beside the road. They still have thick winter fir.
After driving the Cades Cove loop, we enjoyed our ride back down to present day living. We did have to stop at a pull-out to soak up a little more time in Sylville. It is soo relaxing and peaceful by a mountain waterfall.
Thanks for dropping by, and enjoy your life’s journey by finding beauty in the ordinary.