“Bearing” it all in the Great Smoky Mountains

Things got wild for us in Gatlinburg, Tenn. We expected it. Sort of.

After all we’re going to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, home to more than 1,500 black bear, countless dear and wild turkey. And I had it on good authority that if you head over the Cades Cove just before twilight you can see fields with foraging animals.

The adventure began in the early morning in Winter Springs, Fla., spanning five states and 12 hours. The trip was not without entertainment. The scenery was beautiful but our favorite sight was the motorcyclist in full hog gear with a dog in the back (see slideshow).

We had lunch at the South Carolina welcome center and an amazing dinner at the Twisted Crepe in Asheville, N.C. By the time we were climbing the winding slope of Laurel Oaks to our vacation rental we were bushed. Barely looking around, we all tumbled into bed.

The next morning we finally had a chance to look around our fantastic five-bedroom log cabin. Wow!

The call of the rocking chairs on the back porch was irresistible. And that’s when we saw them: two yearlings under the close watch of their mother (see video).

Talk about “bearing” it all!

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