Pigeon Forge just won the Grand Pinnacle Award for best festival…in the world! But Wilderness Wildlife Week is not the only cool family-friendly event happening in this little Smoky Mountain community…
A huge black winged bird swooped across our path and landed neatly on the picnic table in front of us. The ebony reptilian rolls around the bird’s neck jiggled as the creature leaned forward and peered into the blue and white striped canvas sack standing on the table top. I watched with a mixture of horror and fascination as the animal I recognized to be a turkey vulture, stuck his glossy beak into the bag and pulled out a piece of bread.
“Mom, do something,” my son urged.
I’d been hunting for bears for years, but it wasn’t until we explored Cades Cove, the hidden valley in the Smoky Mountains, that I saw my dream fulfilled- well, sort of. This is a bear tale of epic fail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
In the Smoky Mountains, Cades Cove receives all the accolades, the adoration, and an endless stream of admirers- sometimes so endless that it can take hours to drive the famous Great Smoky Mountain National Park motor trail. But over hills from the popular Cades Cove lays a lesser known scenic drive- you won’t see the swathes of open fields fit for cattle-grazing that Cades Cove is famous for, but you may spot a bear or two- or even a llama on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.
Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures, Pigeon Forge’s newest dinner show offers mouthwatering cuisine, foot-stomping musical scores, and gravity-defying acrobatic talent.
The fires are over and we returned to the Smokies to view the aftermath, from Pigeon Forge to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park- here’s what we discovered.
We descended 20 million years through time into the heart of the Smoky Mountains at Townsend’s Tuckaleechee Caverns. One of only two places left in this region of Tennessee that visitors can still explore. Tunnels and passages led past grottos, stalagmites, stalactites and the tallest subterranean waterfall in the Eastern United States.
While Orlando and Tampa theme parks have cornered the Florida market for rollercoaster ride thrills, North Central Florida offers heart-pounding adrenalin rush thrills of a different nature- the wild kind. Surround yourself with wild Florida in these challenging adventures. From paddling with monkeys to hiking with gators, soaring across water-filled canyons like a bird to a challenging bike trail and more. Be warned, these adventures are not for the faint hearted!
Make some memories with your mom this Mother’s Day by giving her the gift of your time and a little adventure. Garden strolls, short river cruises, easy hikes and more: here’s a roundup of Mother’s Day Adventures your mom will love (Lunch suggestions included).
The Adventures of Mom YouTube channel offers family friendly vacation ideas for Florida and Georgia. It’s been a year in the making and our first videos were cringe-worthy, but with the help of our tech-savvy son and YouTube University tutorials, we’ve come a long way.