Hiking at Cades Cove and Texas Hold’em - Monday - April 11, 2011

Nancy and I caught up with Sherry and David Boyd and drove to Cades Cove in The Smokey Mountains where we hike a 5 mile trail to Abrams Falls. We started our hike about 10:30 and completed the hike about 3 pm.

WARNING:   Lots of Pictures and all pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them.
Rt 321 to Cades Cove

SMNP road to Cades Cove

Start of Cades Cove Drive

You can cycle the cove as well as drive it.

About half way around the cove,
we arrived at the Abrams Falls Trail Head.
Start of Trail to Abrams Falls. It is 2.5 miles to the falls.

About half way to the falls

David and Bill sniffing wood!!

Actually, we crossed several of these "tree" bridges and they were trying to figure out what type of tree was used to make the bridges.  Turns out it was Cedar.

Bill and Sherry heading down the trail to the falls.

Last bridge to Abrams Falls. 
The sign warns you that 4 people have died
at the falls -- so you should be careful!!

Abrams Falls

David must not have read the "BE CAREFUL" sign!!

What a GREAT table for our lunch!!

What a wonderful day we had. Like us, Sherry and David are very active and enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, running, bicycling, etc. We shared stories and we learned quite a bit about the flowers and plants from them.
Just one photo, a "White Trillium"...
but I have dozens of beautiful wildflowers photos!

 Our turn around point was at the beautiful Abrams Falls. Nancy took credit for the fantastic weather and our fabulous luncheon table at the falls. It doesn't get any better -- Great weather, Great activity, Great views, Great location and GREAT FRIENDS!!

Driving Home!!

We got back to the campground about 5 pm. Just in time for a short social visit at The RV-Dreams Family Circle and a quick dinner. Nancy wanted to work on the ALL the pictures she took today and I wanted to learn how to play Texas Hold’em.

I donated my $20 for this poker education. I learned a bunch of new terms: Burn it & Turn it, Small & Big blinds, a boat (full house) and you NEVER touch another player’s chips. Thank goodness I was playing with 2 Bev’s and a Cindy...they were very patient!!

I obviously “didn’t finish in the money” but, I had a terrific time. I may play again Friday night (if they let me.) I’d love to dazzle them with my lack of skill. Oh yeah, I also learned it’s probably not a good thing to say “YES!” when the card you want gets turned over. I think I need to wear sun glasses – I think that will help!?!?!?


  1. Dianne and I did that hike years ago with our daughters, my parents, my brother and his wife. Brings back good memories. Thanks!

  2. Great pictures! Thanks for sharing! Steve and I have so much to see yet! But after covering 23,6439 km...or 14,774 miles...in our first 9 months of retirement, we have decided to slow down and spend the summer in the interior of BC. Looking forward to hearing more about the Rally and fellow RV Dreamers!

  3. Good to hear from you Dianne and Steve...

    It is time for you two to slow down, but now we want you to give us all the scoop on what to see and do in BC. We loved the little time we spent there and would love to see more.

  4. Thanks for taking us along for your hike, sure looked like good fun. I even noticed that the Cades Cove road in your picture was empty. You were very fortunate to see that. Great pics and tour!


  5. Nancy your pictures put mine to shame. I think I'll just read your blog when I want to remember what a GREAT time we had with you two. You are the ROQ for sure!! Love the picture of the skinny legs ignoring the warnings....sigh

    Sherry & "sometimes" :-)

  6. It was so great to meet you guys at the rally! :) Safe travels to you! We hope to meet you down the road one of these days. :)