Sunday – October 26, 2008 –
After an enjoyable Saturday football victory over Tennessee and strolling the streets of Gatlinburg the previous evening, Dad and I woke up feeling great
We learned the bear warning sign on our dumpster outside was no joke. A bear had been through our garbage during the night! After cleaning up, we packed our things and returned the cabin keys back to the rental headquarters in Gatlinburg. We then drove into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to visit the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
We hoped to see some amazing fall colors today. We decided to drive Highway 441 to Newfound Gap and then on to Clingman’s Dome, the highest point east of the Mississippi, for views at the observation point. This was prime visitor season as the leaves were turning all sorts of amazing bright orange and red colors as fall set in America’s most visited National Park. The foliage was spectacular!
Dad, my brother and had done many Boy Scout backpacking trips in this area, and one even in a blizzard here years earlier. It was great to be back with my Dad. Around some corners, you felt like you were in the movie “Last of the Mohicans.” The classic movie had many famous landscapes filmed within the park.
Unfortunately, we both had to work on Monday. Not long afterwards, we began our drive back to Birmingham through Pigeon Forge’s gridlocked traffic. It was a long drive, but we arrived back home late Sunday evening. What a fantastic three-day weekend pulling for the Tide!