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Sevier County

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  • Day20

    Great Smoky Mountains

    April 21, 2017 in the United States

    Un coup de cœur! Super randonnée dans une vallée pour apprécier les fleurs du printemps et les cascades. Puis une deuxième, le mont Le Conte, pour apprécier les vues et de la hauteur.

    Depuis la Virginie ce qu'il m'impressionne le plus ces le nombre de montagnes, quand nous sommes plus haut, nous pouvons observer des montagnes et encore plus de montagnes, une chaînes dernière une autre, à perte de vue. On dirait des vagues. C'est de toute beauté! Malheureusement aucune photo ne rend justice à cette splendeur.

    Je me concentre donc sur les photos de fleurs.
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  • Day25

    Smells like teen (ok, middle age) spirit

    June 10, 2016 in the United States

    We decided it was time to test our overnight gear (& ourselves) by doing some proper back country tramping (aka hiking to any non-kiwis reading). Once our permits were in order drove up to the top of the park to Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the Smokies, and set off from that horribly busy car park (10 million visitors per year). Fortunately it didn't take long to lose the crowds.

    Every way was downhill, and we chose the Forney Creek trail. It went down pretty steep to start which was a little disconcerting as our map had no contours and boded ominously for the following day, but all was going well until we came across a fairly significant creek crossing. After pondering our options Phil decided to give stone hopping a try and promptly ended up submerged up to his knees. A few crossings later there was a fallen tree and Phil had been watching too much Bear Grylls to not give it a try! We weren't very glamorous but we got across dry(ish).

    We arrived at our campsite only a mere 10 miles or so and slightly soggy but very glad to stop, pitched our tent in a sweet spot with stone chair table and fireplace. A quick dip in the freezing river washed off some of that 'eau de woods'. We made sure all food, toothpaste etc was packed and pulled up our bags on the bear pulleys then settled down for the night, trying not to think about the bear 'jerky' attack that one of the friendly fishermen told us happened nearby last season! Jo took gold medal at the Marshmallow Olympics, but the Bundy and Coke was the real prize!

    We awoke with somewhat achey backs, legs, shoulders (OK just about everything ached) & faced the 4,500 feet walk back up to the top. After 21 hours without seeing anyone else (so we definitely got away from it all...) found civilisation again at Andrews Bald an amazing clearing with wild pink rhododendrons & orange laurel blooming with a breathtaking view, which made the climb & aches all worthwhile. Seeing the Google Earth camera at the top made us realise that despite the effort it was definitely a privilege to be there in person.

    The hot shower was glorious & we collapsed into our (now seemingly) luxurious, Elvis bed - bliss.
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  • Day19

    Great Smokies part 1

    November 12, 2017 in the United States

    I was driving around in this beautiful place and pulled over at a hiking spot. It said it was 1.75 miles round-trip. I thought great, pretty short first hike let's do it. At first it was steep but manageable. Then I turned a corner and looked at 400 steps. Grueling is how I would describe it. It should really be called "the stair master" just so people know what they're getting into. It was one of those hikes where people who are coming down cheer you on and tell you how close you're getting. It didn't help that my legs were still sore. It was a really pretty view at the top though. After that I was tired but decided to go on the second hike anyway. It was a fairly long 6ish mile loop along a river. Pretty pretty walk. It's still very much fall. I'm pooped.

    More adventures tomorrow!
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  • Day20

    Great Smokies part 2

    November 13, 2017 in the United States

    I drove into the North Carolina part of the park today. Super pretty drive. I talked to the ranger to see what hikes she recommends and she might be the nicest person I've ever met. She was super sweet and told me all my options to which I said "great that's perfect" she said "yes it is. Today is going to be a great day." She was right. It was so nice out all day. I did the first hike she recommended which was really nice. This place is gorgeous. Then I went to do the second hike place. She said to go half way up the mountain and there will be a great blue. But these are the great smokies so it was so densly fogged you couldn't see anything. And then I talked to some people coming down from the summit and they said it was definitely worth it. So I kept trucking on. They were right. The view from up there was spectacular. I'm glad I did it but by the time I got back I had walked 14 miles, much of it up hill. My feet hurt so bad when I got back to the car. My body will not feel good tomorrow. People on this trip have been so nice. From the super cheery lady at the cheese shop in Wisconsin to Peggy being an awesome host to everyone saying hello when you pass them on the trail. A lady today said "hi there! Have a nice hike!" In a way that made me think she genuinely really wanted me to have a good time. Anyway I am so exhausted and achy I'm about to pass out so early.

    More adventures tomorrow!
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  • Day7

    Asheville to Gatlinburg

    October 19, 2017 in the United States

    We ended up sleeping better than expected, considering the poor sleep we'd had in Charlotte the night before, thanks to a comfy bed. Breakfast was again included (more waffles!) before we headed towards Biltmore Estate. I'd been concerned about seeing the Estate, as I hadn't been able to buy tickets online. Fortunately there were plenty available on the day.

    Ted had been hesitant to come to the Estate too, particularly since we'd both been disappointed with the Queen Mary. As it turned out, he really liked it. Biltmore Estate was built by George Vanderbilt and is the largest home in the United States. It was like American royalty - almost every room was open to the public, and they were all spectacular too (particularly since they were decked out in Christmas themes). The place even included an antique bowling alley and swimming pool. Similarly the gardens could be walked through. Included in the cost of the entry was free wine tasting at the winery. Even though I couldn't buy any wines to take with us, I certainly couldn't miss out on a free offer!

    For lunch, we tried to eat at the Texas roadhouse which, to our surprise, wasn't open for lunch at all. We then settled on an Appleby's which was a new experience for us as we'd never been to one before. The drive to Gatlinburg was around 2 hours through the Smoky Mountains National Park and, even though I'd originally made plans to see some of the nature sights on the way, decided it would be better to see the town once we arrived instead.

    Before leaving Australia, I had read that Gatlinburg was the better place to stay for adults whilst nearby Pigeon Forge is better for kids. Definitely true. Gatlinburg almost reminded us of a country and western Toontown. Not that it was a bad thing! Everywhere you looked there were moonshine distilleries, country dining and wine bars. We really liked it, as the atmosphere was exhilarating. For dinner, we went to a Mexican restaurant, partly because it had a balcony overlooking the town. Really cool.

    We wandered around and looked at some of the distilleries (with their multi-flavoured moonshine) before heading back to the hotel. We were even lucky to see some racoons peeking at us from the drains. Not something you see every day in Australia :-)
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  • Day8

    Dollywood

    October 20, 2017 in the United States

    Today was a day I'd been looking forward to for a long time, as I finally got to visit the amusement park created by one of my all time favourite singers/celebrities. We started the day moderately early as we wanted to be sure we would be at the Park for the opening, before the crowds became huge. As it turned out, the park never ended up being too bad anyway, which made the day a lot more enjoyable.

    Dollywood is so different to any other amusement park we've seen - it's almost like Disneyland meets Timber Town. There was a lot of emphasis on local arts and crafts and traditional country fare, without the animated characters walking around the park. There was even a chapel there if you wanted to attend a service. It took a while to get used to but truthfully, I loved it. It was great to be in an amusement park that had a lot of charm and character to it.

    One of the good deals we got was the photo card, which once purchased, meant that every photo taken in the park was inclusive. This meant that Ted and I never passed up a single photo opportunity! We went on the majority of the rides too, except the ones that were catered mainly to kids. There were also a lot of attractions centered around Dolly too, including seeing her tour bus, and the story of her life and achievements. Food was definitely not a problem either as we found an awesome buffet restaurant with all that low-fat food that the south of the USA is known for!

    After riding on the Snowy Mountain River Rampage we were completely soaked, so we relaxed in the sun before continuing through the park. Since we were able to return to the park if we wanted, we headed into nearby Pigeon Forge to have a look around. We are glad we didn't stay there instead, as it is really huge. It is almost like a low-grade Las Vegas, with its endless hotels and attractions. Whilst Gatlinburg is easy to walk around, Pigeon Forge would be impossible without a car.

    Ted dropped me off at the Titanic display whilst he went to look around town. The Titanic display was wonderful (and still better than the Queen Mary at Long Beach)! I've always been interested in anything Titanic, and this attraction recreated cabins from the ship, told stories about the passengers onboard, gave an idea about life on the ship, and presented a timeline about the ship's fateful journey. It was definitely worth the entry and I would consider seeing it again some day.

    Since Dollywood was open in the evenings for its "Halloween LumiNights Display", we went back to the park to see it all lit up. Unlike during the day, this was one time when the crowds were huge! It was still great to see even though the throngs of people were everywhere. Ted and I went back to another buffet style restaurant for dinner. I am so glad we did because we got to meet Miss Lillian the Chicken Lady, who sang a song for me on her banjo and gave me a chicken blessing. I was very honored!

    Dollywood turned out to be better than we'd expected, so I'd definitely consider coming back again. Tomorrow we continue our journey to the state of Tennessee!
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  • Day79

    ... in Sevierville

    March 27, 2016 in the United States

    March 27 - April 3rd

    Our final vacation destination was the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, an 8 hour drive NW. Along the route we saw beautiful flowering trees....no leaves, just white, pink and purple flowers (an Eastern Redbud I later learned). At the Tennessee Welcome Centre we heard a lot of southern drawls as well as taped bluegrass music. Yee-haw!!

    Our 2 bedroom condo, Wyndham Smoky Mountains, is very modern and spacious. It is located in Sevierville, which is the birthplace of Dolly Parton. Our patio overlooks a glade where I have seen cardinals and other unidentified birds. We have encountered one new problem this time....the "elephant family" that lives above us. They walk heavily, jump, and drop things so that we hear thumping and rattling of the light fixture and ceiling fan. And this goes on until 2 a.m. most nights. I don't want to complain because I fear repercussions. I hear that concealed weapons are common.Read more

  • Day80

    ... in Pigeon Forge

    March 28, 2016 in the United States

    There are 3 semi-connected towns in this region....Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg. All three are tourist-oriented and reminds us of a combination of Branson and International Drive in Orlando. There are music shows, water slides, Dollywood amusement park, outlet malls, moonshine distilleries, and more. I wasn't expecting this as I thought we were going to experience nature. Surprise!

You might also know this place by the following names:

Sevier County, Севиър, সেভিয়ের কাউন্টি, Condado de Sevier, Sevier konderria, شهرستان سویر، تنسی, Comté de Sevier, Sevier megye, Սևիր շրջան, Contea di Sevier, セビア郡, Sevier Comitatus, Sevier Kūn, Hrabstwo Sevier, سیویئر کاؤنٹی, Comitatul Sevier, Севи, Округ Севир, Севір, سیویر کاؤنٹی، ٹینیسی, Quận Sevier, Condado han Sevier, 塞維爾縣

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