Our friends, Bob and Mary from California rented their time share in Pigeon Forge. They had asked us to share it with them. Bob and Mary both taught with Howard in Long Beach, CA for several years. They have been friends for a long time.
We decided that we would go to Cades Cove one day. We had a beautiful drive there, but it was very congested. We stopped and had a picnic along the creek.
We talked to a couple that told us that it was a 3-hour drive just to make the loop. That is without stopping. We decided we didn't want to do that.
The next day we drove over to the Bush Bean Company. What a nice tour of the place. The plant is out in the country, Almost everything is done at this location.
Howard and Bob
We toured the place after we watched a very interesting movie.
We stayed for lunch at the cafe. The food was delicious! We even had pecan, pinto bean pie. It was very good. They seemed to think it wasn't quite as sweet as a pecan pie can be. I took a bite of Howard's.
Coming back through Pigeon Forge we had to stop at the Smoky Mountain Knife Works. I think it is advertised as the largest collection of knives. Bob is a collector of knives.
We had to get this picture of Bob (Henderson) by this street sign!
One day we drove from the main entrance of the park to the south entrance. It was a gorgeous day.
New Found Gap
There was some color change, so we enjoyed that.
Howard and Mary wanted to climb up Clingman's Dome. We had heavy traffic going up there, but we found a parking space. Bob and I waited in the car while they hiked up to the dome.
While I waited, I took this shot. You can really tell why they are called the Smoky Mountains!!
We drove on down to the south entrance. We stopped at Mingus Mill. They are working on the mill and plan to have it up and running for the centennial in 2016.
We were pleasantly surprised at the south entrance when we were visited by about 20 elk.
We toured the settlement that is set up there.
When we came back into town we had dinner out. Howard had read in our TN electric magazine about an eating place that was supposed to have good food. It was delicious. It reminded us of the catfish restaurant that used to be here in Smyrna.
This is a fruit and vegetable stand we stopped by.
Bob and Mary
Howard and Ann
Mary on an antique trike.
We had a very good days with Bob and Mary. We so appreciate the times they have invited us to spend with them.