I was trying to come up with a topic for this weeks Facts on Friday and I realized I have never done a post about my little corner of the world. I’m very proud of where I live. Even though most people here aren’t and want to get out asap. I’ve always loved it!
I grew up in a unbelievable small town in south east Tennessee. There is one red-light! Yep, that’s it! The town is best known for the Ocoee River where the Olympics were held in 1996. I have actually never rafted down the river! Terrible isn’t it? Maybe I’ll get around to it one day.
I love the outdoors! I love mountains. Give me a mountain over a beach any day! It’s a good thing that I grew up with one in my back yard. Literally! You take about 5 steps out of my parents back door and you are in the national forest. Chilhowee mountain was my backyard! So that’s what we do for fun around here. We go to the mountains! These are just some of the amazing views from Chilhowee.
Living in a tiny town has it’s perks but the fact that you have to drive 30 minutes to the nearest Books a Million isn’t one of them. But as a teen I actually got used to the drive and didn’t mind it! When I got married 3 years ago I moved about halfway in between the tiny town and BAM! So now I’m surrounded by cows instead of woods. I can see the mountains from my backdoor so all is well!
I think everyone has that one easy vacation spot. It close or not too far a away. You go there for convenience. It’s different for me though. Our easy vacation spot is Gatlinburg, TN(that’s Gatlinburg on the right, all those tiny lights in the middle of the mountains). To me it’s just as fun and just as exciting every time I go there. Which, is at least 2 times a year. When I was a kid we went 2 times a month! I’m still not tired of it! Maybe you have heard of it. Maybe not. It seems as though most people want to stay in Pigeon Forge now. It’s about 10 minutes outside of Gatlinburg. For the life of me I don’t understand the appeal. I guess maybe it’s more hip than Gatlinburg with the endless go-cart racetracks and bungee jumping towers. Maybe it’s Dolly Wood(bet you’ve heard of that one!) For me, I would much rather spend a little bit more money on a hotel and stay in Gatlinburg. Once you park your car in the hotel garage you never have to get in it again until it’s time to go home. Everything you want or need is on the same strip of road. Within walking distance!
There is every kind of shop imaginable. Tacky T-shirt shops, crafts, music. and many many more! During the summer the streets are full of bluegrass musicians and people that put on funny skits. No matter how many times I have been there it still seems like a magical place to me. Maybe it’s childhood nostalgia….
Gatlinbug really is the gateway to the Great Smokey Mountains. Maybe I’m bias but I think it has to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth. My distance ancestors came from the Smokies. My great great(great?) grandfather’s cabin still stands!
All the pictures up until now have not been my own, but here’s a few my husband and I took last Spring: