Wednesday, April 25, 2012

my day in Narnia

the top of Clingmans Dome in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park
my grandson made a lil snow man

entering Narnia

apple dumpling from the Apple Barn in Sevierville...go there ASAP

This past weekend was one of the most amazing weekends of my life.  Since my oldest daughter Christina and her husband Suj, and our grandson Kavi  moved to this area, we have looked forward to taking  a family vacation together.  Before their move here,we dedicated our trips to and from Florida to see them so it had been a while since we went somewhere different for fun.  First thought from Suj and Stina was a trip to NYC, where my girls were born and where I grew up, but that had to be put on the way in the back burner because of the cost involved.  Then, Stina and Suj thought of a Gatlinburg trip and we were all in on this idea as it is only a 4 hour drive away.
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  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.


  1. Wow! It sounds magical!! Maybe someday I can convince my family to go there.... although it will probably be YEARS! But it sounds wonderful!! Glad you had a great time!

  2. So, I am over here trying to get all caught up on everyone's blogs and I am happy to see that I am not the only one who has been taking a break! It makes me feel better that I haven't missed as many posts :) Monday, I am officially taking my days off and I will book the hotel for trip 2 to Gadsden!