It took us over an hour to drive from the cabin to the beginning of the Roaring Fork Motor Trail
. It was bumper to bumper almost the whole way from Pigeon Forge and through Gatlinburg to light number 8 where we turned to go to the trail. Before the trail began there was a farmstead, the Noah Ogle Farm. We walked the 3/4 mile trail that was there too and saw the small mill that was part of the farm. Shortly after we left there the one way motor trail started. We stopped at the first pull over which had a great view of the changing colors. We could see the changing colors on the mountains in the distance. We had another good view of the colors at the next stop. We tried to stop to hike to Grotto Falls but couldn't find a parking place within a half mile of the beginning of the trail. We drove on and stopped at the Jim Bales and Ephraim Bales farmsteads and the Alfred Reagan farmstead. We also stopped at "The Place of a Thousand Drips" a waterfall which was coming out the side of the canyon formed by the Roaring Fork river. The motor trail finished near the center of Gatlinburg,
We parked and walked down the main road which is one big tourist trap. Derek wanted to get a Harley Davidson T-shirt for a friend and a present from Cooter's for a friend who is crazy about the Duke's of Hazzard. We stopped at Ben and Jerry's for some ice cream as it was in the mid-80's. We walked all the way to Ober Gatlinburg where there is a tram up Mt. Leconte to a German/Bavarian themed amusement park and restaurant. We decided to drive up there for lunch one day this week. We stopped at the Hard Rock Cafe on the way back to the car but Larry didn't find a pin he liked. It didn't take nearly as long to get back to the cabin. We got back about 6:15 and sat on the porch to watch the sun set. We had chips and some of the salsa that I made this year. For supper we had taco salad. While I cleaned up from supper Larry and Derek watched Antiques Archeology and other similar shows. Then I sat down to write this blog. Derek called Erin on Skype. We will be going out to the hot tub in a little bit and then to bed,
Larry and I got up about 9:00 and Derek shortly after. We turned on the fireplace as it was quite chilly in the cabin. We all slept well. We had bagels from Panera, OJ and tea for breakfast. Then we went out onto the porch to see the view with the sun behind us lighting up the ridges in the distance. There was more color in the leaves with the sun on them. Derek and I took pictures and then I finished my travel blog for yesterday, adding the pictures I took this morning and sending it off to all of you. We relaxed for a little bit and then I cut Derek's hair, I should say I buzzed his hair. I used to cut Larry, Derek and Erin's hair back when the kids were little and we didn't have the money to get it done professionally. The Wahl hair cutting set we bought more than paid for itself. During that time I actually went to the Barber Shop and got mine cut for $4 instead of the 9 or 10 it would have cost at a beauty salon. While Derek took a shower to get rid of the hair, I packed lunches. We left about 12:15.