Jon and I wanted to spend the last weekend at the National Park Service Mount Pisgah Campground off of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
We had planned on taking I-40 all the way there. Unfortunately, I-40 at the NC / TN border was closed for most of the day, so after looking over the map, we decided to go through the Smoky Mountain National Park via Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge, TN. It was amazingly tacky. It had all grown up quite a lot since the last time I went by this area. The traffic was pretty horrible and unpredictable.
We drove through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was really pretty and very full of traffic and cars.
It had been raining off and on today.
We made it to the campground around 4 in the afternoon. We drove around several times and found a nice campsite.
We came out here in August for our first trip in the Mitsubishi Fuso. We had a great time and wanted to spend a weekend here before heading home. It was a great way to celebrate our twentieth wedding anniversary. Once we settled in, we went out for a walk. I fixed some wonderful smoked sausages for dinner. We bought them when we were in Kansas.
The package only contained 4 of sausages, so cooked up all of them. They were so filling that Jon and I only finished off two of them.
The next morning, we went out on the motorcycle and saw some pretty amazing views and several wild turkeys on the side of the road. We visited the Folk Art Center and the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center.
The Mountain Laurel, Rhododendron and Flame Azaleas were in bloom. They were just beautiful.
We ate at the Pisgah Inn for dinner to celebrate our anniversary. Jon and I both had the fresh mountain trout but prepared differently. The food was fabulous as usual.
The next day, we went out for a vigorous hike. We went down the Pilot Rock Trail.
It was a very long climb down (1,800 ft) over a pretty short distance (3.6 mi). We had been warned that the sign was incorrect. We were passed by a couple of mountain bikers. Once we reached the bottom, we ate a little lunch and then hiked back up. We were passed by a lot of mountain bikers coming down the trail on our hike back up. The climb up seemed a whole lot longer than I remembered going down. We took a slight detour coming back for a little variety. The views and flowers were really nice and it wasn’t too hot.
It turned out to be a 9 plus mile hike with over 2000 ft elevation to climb. I was pretty tired by the end.
We got cleaned up. I fixed dinner and then we went to the Campfire Circle to attend the program about Bobcats.
It was really well done and there was a good turn out (about 70 people).
Jon and I left the next morning after having breakfast at the Pisgah Inn. Yes, I actually had oatmeal. It was really fabulous.
Unfortunately, the mountains were covered in clouds/fog and there wasn’t much of a view.
We watched a poor cold chipmunk huttle for a while.
Our drive home was uneventful thank goodness.