After planning this outing for
years, Rickie was finally able to put together a trip to the Great Smokey
Mountains. She had been there on a family vacation in 1959, and we took our
first auto trip together there in 1971. We shared this trip with our long
time friends, Pat and Judi Barrett. After much research we settled on
a rental cabin called
Moonlight", a place we would highly recommend. It is part of the
Little Valley Resort in Sevierville, TN, not far from Pigeon Forge and
Gatlinburg. We spent a week, leaving on Sunday morning Oct 19th and
returning home the following Sunday. We were very fortunate that the weather
was absolutely beautiful for 6 of the seven days, with mild temperatures.
Our cabin was high up with a great view and relatively isolated from other
cabins so that we had our own space. But at the same time only a few miles
from the local retail which included a large Kroger store where we did our
food shopping. We figured that the fall foliage was about a week short
of it's peak, but on the Tuesday after we returned home, we read in
the newspaper that they had a snowstorm that closed Rt 441 over the
mountains. So, perhaps we did choose the peak time!
can check out a short video to get a flavor of the cabin...it was really
neat! Also, a link to a bunch of photos of the trip.