The GrayStation family traveled up I-75 to see Erik's parental units at the Foothills Craft Guild show at Pellissippi State in West Knoxville over the weekend. Stacy's parents came along as well for the afternoon.
After spending the afternoon at Pellissippi, we traveled up Highway 321 into Townsend and the gateway to the Smokies. We took the kids to an old swimming hole favorite, the Townsend "Wye." It's the meeting point of the middle and west prongs of the Little Pigeon River, which is seven miles east of Cades Cove. We spent about an hour braving the cold water and throwing rocks.
We had dinner at Cowboy's on Douglas Lake and spent the night in White Pine, enjoying a nice quick stay.
On Sunday, we traveled back into Erik's old stomping grounds of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. It was rainy, but we did get into some tourist areas. We did some outlet mall shopping, had lunch at TGI Friday's, went on a Jurassic Jungle Boat Ride and played video games, Skee Ball and air hockey in an arcade.
We decided to go to Cades Cove around 6 p.m. on Sunday. It was a cool 50 degrees. We took a quick hike to one of the old cabins and saw many deer, wild turkeys and two black bears. We did not get home until after 11 p.m. We certainly packed it in this weekend.