|the top of Clingmans Dome in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park|
|my grandson made a lil snow man|
|apple dumpling from the Apple Barn in Sevierville...go there ASAP|
My dream came true of staying in a cozy cabin in the mountains with a view and with us all chipping in, it didn't cost any more than a motel room. We stayed at the Bear Tracks cabin in Mountain View Cabin Resort which Stina found on cabinsforyou.com. Go there. Get your family together,and go there. Really, I am not kidding. When we arrived at the cabin, Jenny (youngest daughter) and Stina went in before me and all I heard was squeals of delight. I rushed in to see what was what and immediately joined the screaming and dancing around the dining room because it was even nicer than the online pictures. High ceilings, fireplace, big dining room table, cozy log cabin innards, TWO decks overlooking the mountains, one with rocking chairs, one with table and chairs and jacuzzi.
Needless to say, we were happy campers!
We visited some friends who coincidentally were staying nearby, at the Apple Barn in Sevierville, a place we went to when we vacationed there when the kids were youngins. Delicious apple dumplings, muffins filled with apple butter, donuts, PIE! When you go to this area...GO THERE! You won't be sorry.
The next day we were wondering what to do and Suj really badly wanted to go to the top of a tall mountain, so we rode the Smokey Mountain parkway through the park which has stop offs of gorgeous views and we headed towards Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the park. It had actually snowed the night before at the high elevations which we could see in the distance from our back deck. Of course, it never occurred to us that we would see snow at Clingmans Dome, but the closer we got to it, the more magical it became. As if we stepped through CS Lewis' wardrobe in the Chronicles of Narnia. This was the end of APRIL and there was snow covered trees that looked like a huge spray gun had perfectly and artfully placed the frosty magic on them. Dandelions poked through the icy snow showing the contrast of spring and winter.
I thought that I must be in heaven, but, no, my hands were freezing off and I knew that there was no pain in heaven. It was surreal. Awesome and surreal, and I will never forget the beauty that I saw that day. Kavi made a mini snow man, we took about a million pictures, we laughed , smiled till our jaws hurt and danced a little jig, thanking the Lord for giving us this special gift and leading us there at the perfect time. It was only so beautiful on that very day. No snow the day before and mostly melted the next day.
Narnia. Never forget Narnia.