I ate my lunch at the company store

We made it back to Woodworth around five yesterday evening. I don’t mind telling you, I was glad to be back. I’m not much for riding in a car for hours on end. When we crossed the Alabama/Mississippi line it was time for lunch, and we thought about that Simmons – Wright Company store that we had visited on Saturday.

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We had not forgotten that they serve lunch so,

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We decided to pay those nice people a visit. They had a variety to choose from,

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but we opted for the fish. Everything was cooked fresh, and I especially enjoyed the collard greens.

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While we ate we visited with the store owner. Just so you’ll know, this is the only picture I have of him. We did not put him to sleep…he blinked.
If you are ever passing through Kewanee, Mississippi and it happens to be lunch time, I highly recommend the food at the Simmons-Wright Company store.

That’s a wrap

Yesterday morning Joel and I went back to Crooked Arm Cascade.

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It’s such a pretty place, easy to get to, AND

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we like to play in the water.
A little later, we met the rest of our gang

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for a carriage ride. Bless his heart, our driver, who is obviously not a good judge of character,

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let Hudson and Denton drive.

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After that, Josie just couldn’t watch.
When the carriage ride was over, we all walked back to the cascade.

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Toward the end of our little journey, some of us couldn’t help but get a little wet. That was o.k. because our next stop was the cabin.

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Good thing, huh? Well, that’s a wrap for this trip.

Just a little walk

Yesterday evening Joel and I drove back to Cade’s Cove to find the Crooked Arm Cascade. The hike to the cascade is just a little over half a mile. The cascade is about twenty feet wide with a twenty five foot drop and a forty foot run. The trail to Crooked Arm Ridge

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is on the right just as you begin the eleven mile loop through the Cove.

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After finding the cascade, which photographs do not do justice,

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we followed the creek to a field which contained a small tree covered hill that I have always wanted to climb.

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And I climbed it. It really wasn’t much of a going concern compared to the hills that surround it, but if it was on our property, I would have a hideout there.

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Then we walked back through the field to the road and back to the car. We had had ourselves a fabulous time.

So much snow, so little time

By eight this morning the last snow flake had fallen, the sun was out, and from the porch

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you could see the mountains. We all loaded up and headed into the park to find a place to walk that we ALL would enjoy. We wound up in the Elkmont campground. The boys were beside themselves because the place was COVERED with snow. So as soon as we parked

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the games began.

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All of the guys

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got involved, and I

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got in the way.
As soon as we could get the twins under control

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we headed up Little River Trail that parallels

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the river on an old roadbed. We took our time

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because the boys wouldn’t stop making snow balls. But, that was alright. They really enjoyed themselves.
The scenery was beautiful, and we took lots of pictures along the way.

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So much snow, so little time.

Letting them run

Traveling with children is a lot like traveling with dogs. I don’t mean that in a bad way, it’s just that you have to stop every so often and let them run. In the Smokies, we’ve found that the best place to do that is Cades Cove. So, yesterday evening we headed back to the Cove for just that reason.
We stopped at the field that borders the John Oliver place.

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The boys had been wanting to make snowmen

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and this seemed like a good place for them to make that happen.

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Josie came out to cheer her brothers on.

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Papa helped with the construction.

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Then we took a group photo with our new friends.
After that we drove down Hyatt Lane and got out at another field for even more fun.

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They had a fabulous time.

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Then, on our way back to the car, I found one of those mood rings. It fit perfectly.
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Nikki asked what kind of mood I was in. I told her that it looked like I was in the mood for supper. So we made a beeline for the Firefly Cafe. I actually knew that before I found the ring.

More beautiful than before

Well, it snowed all night.

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And this is what it looked like from our front porch.

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We all decided to take a hike, so we drove over to the Little Greenbriar trailhead and walked through the snow covered forest for about two and a half miles. This is a record of our trip.

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I’ve been on this trail several times before, but today it was more beautiful than all the other times put together.

You never know

Forrest Gump’s mama would have said that the mountains are like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re going to get. Yesterday, we were sitting on the porch enjoying the sunshine. Last night, when we were leaving the Firefly Cafe, it was pouring down rain. Then, we awoke morning to this.


I’m sure that my Alaska friends are not impressed,

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but my daughter-in-law was beside herself.

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So were my grandchildren.
As a matter of fact, it snowed all day.

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Josh was very careful to protect himself from snow blindness.
Joel and I went for a couple of walks.

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We headed down Finley Cane trail and toward Anthony Creek trail.

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The woods were lovely, dark and deep. But we had promises to keep. We had promised to meet Josh and the gang for a drive through Cades Cove. What follows is a record of our journey.

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After leaving the Cove we stopped at the Townsend Wye to let the boys play by the water. When we were walking down the hill, Hudson said, “We’re going to make some new friends because there are some kids over there.” He was right. They met Nathan and Benjamin, who were their age and

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were identical twins. You never know what you’re going to get. What a neat way to end a day.