“Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.” – Ray Bradbury
Adventures with Pepper: Day 46-47
After a week’s layover at Yogi’s in the Smokies Campground, I finally decided it was time for me to get back on the road again.
First I said my good-byes to Dolly, the matriarch of the family group that adopted me and Pepper and fed us campfire steaks. Dolly was 75, the mother of seven children and lots of grandchildren, but she told me she still had plenty of get-up-and-go. I left her with the encouragement to get up and go often. And she promised she would take my example and do so
My goal for the day was to drive through Smoky Mountain National Park. It was steep, which by now I had become used to, but it was also crowded. I only stopped a few times and left the park early so I could go through Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
They were crowded, too, but full of interesting sights. I guess I gawked too much because I missed my turn, a mistake that added several hours to what was only going to be a short day’s drive.
I drove one section of Highway 441 twice because I got wrong directions – most likely because I asked the wrong question.
I ended up taking Highway 411 to Marysville and back-tracking a few miles on Highway 321, the road I had missed.
I ended the day at Mystic River, which turned out to be a Passport America campground, which was good because the full price was $45. As a passport member, I paid only half of that. It was a very nice campground and I stuck around the next day. .
Book Report: I drove the 300 miles back to Dallas from Lake Jackson yesterday and never got to Travels with Maggie. Hopefully I’ll get an hour’s worth of writing in later today.
Bean’s Pat: A Trip to Antarctica http://tinyurl.com/c6te3yc This sounds like an awesome arm-chair traveling event.