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i GOT THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO gATLINBURG, tn FOR NINE (9) DAYS WITH MY FAMILY. eVERY YEAR WE TAKE A FAMILY TRIP SOMEWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES. wE CHOSE GATLINBURG BECAUSE WE WANTED TO SEE THE DIFFERENT WATER FALLS LIKE rainbow Falls WHICH THERE IS AN EIGHTY (80) FOOT FALL WHICH IF THE SUN SHINES JUST RIGHT IT WILL MAKE RAINBOWS - SO BEAUTIFUL.
iN THIS POST i WILL SHARE WITH YOU THE TIME WE LEFT TO HEAD TO gATLINBURG, tn and what beautiful sights we seen at the falls. The awesome tour we took of Rock City and the things we seen there. What we ate. Follow me on my tour to Gatlinburg, TN.
Post-packing and meeting
The day before the trip I went down to my aunts to meet Shawn and Dawn in the AM that way it was easier for all of us to meet at one place and go from there. Before we left we made sure we had everything we needed and packed in the trunk. Shawn wanted to get some Denny's for breakfast but he ended up loosing his phone - haha. So we spent a few minutes looking for it before we headed to Enterprise to get the rentals. It's a pretty good idea to go that route so you don't put the wear/tear and miles on your personal car. (We never got denny's - haha!) After nearly two hours of debating and arguing with Enterprise we finally got our rentals! They thought they were doing us a favor by getting us two sport cars but that wasn't the issue since we wanted some gas efficient cars.
We were only running about an hour and half behind but it wasn't that big of an issue since we didn't have to check into Days Inn at 4:30pm because before we hit Gatlinburg, TN we hit up Rock City Lookout Mountain, GA. After leaving my uncle Wayne's in St. Louis we headed on the road and along the way we all stopped to stretch our legs, and eat at a place called Pizza By The Pound and hit the road to Days Inn to stay the night so we could get up early enough to check out Rock City! Rock City Lookout Mountain was absolutely amazing and beautiful! It's located in L.O. Mountain, GA near Ruby Falls where apparently it's possible to see seven (7) states from Lover's Leap which also has not been proven, so who knows? - Still really cool and the landscape is gorgeous.
Rock City B!tch! Rock City!
After our long drive from St. Louis stopped here and there for gas and to eat at Pizza By The Pound we got up about 7am and had breakfast at Waffle House that was walking distance from Days Inn so we decided to eat there, shortly after we headed to go to Rock City!
Rock City took us a couple hours to finish because we took our time here and checked out all the sights. It's such a beautiful place filled with so much beauty. It's something you don't want to rush considering its a tour that you take at your own pace and all the wildlife, events, landscapes and waterfalls to see.
Made it to Gatlinburg, TN
After the drive to Gatlinburg which was a several hour drive we get the cabin that we rented around 8pm so we decided to unpack, go to the grocery store and make something small to eat and get ready for a full day of adventure. We all got up really early for the day because it was going to be that day that took all day for what we had planned. First thing hit was Cades Cove which is a huge loop of different attractions including Abrams Falls.
Starting from the 18th century the Cherokee Indians used the two main trails to cross the Smokies from North Carolina to Tennessee to the Overhill settlements. Cades Cove was named after a Tsiya'hi leader known as Chief Kade but his existence was verified by a European trader named Peter Snider.
A veteran, John Oliver died in 1863 and his wife Lurena were the first permanent European settlers in Cades Cove. Besides the history thats found here there is also a church to check out during your small drive around the loop so don't forget to check that out which was established in 1825. See if you can find the oldest tombstone in the cemetery. After driving the loop for awhile checking all the surrounding buildings and historical locations like Becky Cable House, John Oliver Cabib, Primitive Baptist Church, and of course Abrams Falls.
Abram Falls is a 5.2 mile hike round trip and it's definitively worth it! The hike to Abrams Falls begins from the Abrams Falls Trailhead, located at the far western end of Cades Cove. To reach the trailhead drive 4.8 miles along the one-way Cades Cove Loop Road. Just after crossing Abrams Creek turn right onto a gravel road. After driving another four-tenths of a mile through a grassy field you'll reach a large parking area where you'll find signs and a wooden footbridge that mark the trailhead. When you reach the end of the hike you will know by the beautiful waterfall which is safe to jump from but I'd recommend checking and thinking of safety always. The falls also provides a great swimming hole to enjoy which will be nice because the hike up was humid and hot. We spent a couple hours here and after we had to get going before it got too dark and drove the rest of the loop while ending the day back at the cabin.
Driving the loop!
Motor Nature Trail with an Ogle
After our adventures at the Loop and Abrams we headed back to the cabin for the night to get ready for more hiking, yes more haha. We hit up Motor Nature Trail or also Roaring Fork - is a stream in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Before we hit up any trails we load on energy or...FOOD!! We tried Mountain Lodge Restaurant which is just down the mountain from our cabin! I feel the place isn't all that great to have breakfast but I'm not that picky where I have breakfast but if you're wanting to try something new then I'd recommend going some where else. I think it was just more out of convenience for us but It wasn't that bad either. It was fair and the customer service was a five* I didn't have to ask for refills and she came right away when I was finished.
Roaring Fork was a great trail with narrow, winding, rushing mountain streams, glimpses of old-growth forest, and a number of well-preserved log cabins, grist mills, and other historic buildings. Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail invites you to slow down and enjoy the forest and historic buildings of the area. With the 5.5 mile hike one way. This pretty much took most of the morning to afternoon and after that we headed back to the cabin to get something to eat and half my family went to go shopping which is something I'm not about considering I'd rather spend my money on activities such as white water rafting.
Baskins Creek not Baskins Robins!
If you Drive 0.9 miles on the loop before turning right onto the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. The trailhead for the Baskins Creek Trail will be on your left after driving about 0.2 miles on this one-way loop. The falls here were so awesome it was two in one! The last 50 yards or so down to Baskins Creek Falls is fairly steep and rugged, but well worth the effort.
Baskins Falls was so amazing! It was already storming and raining decently hard so we all were deciding if we wanted to do it anyway, rain or shine! We all wanted but at first I didn't..however i knew if I didn't I would soo regret it so i sucked it up and went! So we hiked a good mile with so much rain and showers but eventually stopped. With three miles of straight hike round trip the falls were so worth and on our way we got to see a wild black bear in the WILD!! Its a pretty good one but its only three miles so its not too bad or at least for us. After we finsihed up just in time for dinner at the cabin it started to really storm with lightening and thunder so our night was kinda hindered for the night but made the best of it with fun family movie nights!
Family fun movie Nights!
Ober Mountain with a Coaster!
Ober Gatlinburg is an amusement park and ski area, located in the mountains overlooking Gatlinburg, Tennessee. You first take a air way tram which will run you roughly $12 which will take about a twenty minute ride to the very top of the mountain which to get even higer in the mountain you will take a Ski lift which is $7 which you will get two tickets for and YOU must keep both two to get on this ride. Once you get to the top there is an amusement park there with many different things to do from acardes to rides. I recommend going for the Ski Mountain Coaster and The alpine slide! Both are so worth the $15 and $7
Back Alley Grill and sweet tea!
AFter the amusement park from the mountain we all decided to go do some shopping for sisters and cousins. I just had to sit around while they do that since I went with and just because my fun has stopped doesn't mean thier's is. It was about time our group was getting hungry we couple of us went to a grill while Crystal, Claire and Coutrney ice skated. The restaurant looked really gold but so new and shiney. The staff were really good and getting what we ordered and a farily quick pace! My tea never got empty and someone was always reay to remove dishes from our tabels.
White Water Rafting with Smokies in the Mountain.
We had a set day for white water rafting which was so much fun and if you go here please go, its well worth the $30/per person. Smokies in the Mountains were really and extremely smooth to work with. They offer gopro display helmets so just in case you forget your mounts your safe there. But, try to not forget haha. Otherwise its an extra $5. I have done this twice now and this time around was so much better. it was just raining decently fair which made the ride so much different, while having a new tour guide named Cam! If you go here be sure to ask for him, he did great and very educated with the history and areas. Also talked the whole way though which doesn't make anything feel awkward. This took most of the day so most of us went to the cabin and hang out and try to find some "me" time.
Rainbows with a bang!
Rainbow Falls was just stunning and I highly recommend doing this one! Don't miss it because you will regret this one. It took us an hour and half to get to the top of the mountain not including what we spent at the actual fall which was magical. Getting behind a water fall was absolutely being on another planet for me. Coming down the mountain was a bit faster for us which we made in an hour and fifteen. It was pretty difficult and more in some spots so bring lots of water and snacks.
After this trail I was pretty much hiked out doing nothing but hiking for the past few days so I decided to get to the cabin and pretty much be alone due to a lot of some negativity that went around and some knee paint on my left. I got to catch up with writing and getting a blog together! The rest of the night was nothing but small talk and fall asleep. We woke up the best morning to head to back home which I arrived back about seven thirty pm.
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Born on September 22nd, 1986 and raised in Sullivan, Missouri