After a week in Cherokee, we moved to the other side of the mountains immediately outside the park in Townsend, Tennessee. We were right against the park; so close that while walking a trail inside the park I could look down and see our trailer. Nice. We enjoyed a week of hiking, driving in Cades Cove, and simply experiencing the park in the spring. The weather was nice and we had a good time. We saw a couple of bears and had the pleasure of identifying bear scat which was about 15′ from our RV. And fresh. Good thing we don’t need to walk to the bath house in the middle of the night. Turns out the bear is a regular every year and this was his first appearance of the season. His name is Pedro.

I sure do like the Smokies and it was lots of fun showing Patti my favorite spots. The campground was perfect and we will be back.