We spent the last week in the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. After being there last year with the girls, I knew that I had to take my family back there.
We stayed in the same cabin resort, but in a smaller cabin. Unfortunately, we got hit by rain from Hurricane Fay so we had basically four rain days. One of those days we were able to get out on a driving tour through the mountains, and the rain stopped enough that we could get out and explore. It ended up being a good day because at one point when we stopped, we saw a bear. He was still a cub and he was up a tree eating. We (along with several other people) watched for a while as he was eating and climbing from branch to branch. We were very surprised to see how high he went. After a while, he layed over a branch and started to fall asleep.
We did a few driving tours through the week, some hiking and exploring, spent some time at the aquarium (on a rain day) and did some white water rafting. The white water rafting was very fun, and definately a highlight of the trip. We had a great guide who kept us entertained.
In spite of the rain, we all had a really good time. I loved it as much this time as I did the first time and I can't wait to go back again. If you've never been, you really need to put it on your short list. I guarantee that you won't be disappointed.
What a great way to end the summer!
By the way, the song playing is Smoky Mountain Memories, sung by David Archuleta.