Posts Tagged ‘Cades Cove’

A Visit to Cades Cove

September 20, 2016


(Note:  All pictures may be enlarged by clicking on them once or twice.)

In mid-August Betsy and I took a day to visit with our friends Judy and Charlie at their campsite in the Cades Cove Campground.  We always enjoy a visit to Cades Cove (or any other part of the Smokies as far as that is concerned!).


Camping at Cades Cove is an annual event for Judy and Charlie, and we try to visit with them each year.  They are experienced campers and always make us feel welcome when we visit with them.

After our visit, Betsy and I drove to the beginning of the Cades Cove Loop Road.  We didn’t have enough time to drive through the cove, but we could stop and get some pictures.


My Beautiful Bride is always happy whenever we are in the Smokies.

As we were heading home we stopped at the Townsend Visitor Center for one last look at our beautiful Tennessee sky and Mountains.

My World: The John Oliver Cabin

August 31, 2010

Cades Cove with the John Oliver cabin in the background. August 27, 2010.

This is my post for the My World meme.  It is hosted by Klaus, Ivar, Sandy, Wren, and Fishing Guy.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

Betsy and I went to Cades Cove in the Smokies on Friday.  We hadn’t driven the Loop Road since it was re-paved and we wanted to see what improvements had been made.  Of course we stopped several times to take pictures.

One of the places we stopped was the cabin of John and Lurena Oliver, who were the first permanent settlers in the cove.  They arrived in Cades Cove in 1818.  Their cabin was most likely built in 1822.

The picture above shows the cabin and its setting in the cove.  The cabin is quite a way from the current Loop Road, but the setting is beautiful.

The John Oliver cabin, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. August 27, 2010.

The cabin was built in a style that was fairly typical along the eastern frontier at this time.  Perhaps the most interesting feature is that no pegs or nails were used to build this cabin.  Gravity locks the logs together and the chinks are filled with mud to seal out wind and rain.  The small windows and doors help conserve heat and maintain the cabin’s strength.

Gravestone of John and Lurena Oliver, Primitive Baptist Church, Cades Cove, Tennessee. August 27, 2010.

John and Lurena Oliver are buried in the graveyard of the Primitive Baptist Church which they helped establish and which is fairly near their cabin.

I Don’t Think She’s Enjoying This

January 15, 2009
George and Betsy on a bicycle for two, Cades Cove GSMNP, Tennessee.  June, 2007.

George and Betsy on a bicycle for two, Cades Cove GSMNP, Tennessee. June, 2007.

Since our northern friends are sending artic cold weather down here to Dixie, I pretty much stayed in the house after we got back from our weekly grocery shopping trip (love those Wednesday senior discounts!).  I didn’t get as much done with my stamps as I had hoped, but I did get through some pictures, which is where I rediscovered this picture.

Our friends Judy and Charlie take camping trips much as Betsy and I take waterfalling trips.  Judy and Charlie usually camp at Cades Cove at least once a year, and we go over to see them at their campsite.

In addition to camping and hiking, Judy and Charlie also bike and they always bike through Cades Cove at least once while they are staying there.  When we visited them in June, 2007, they had, in addition to their mountain bikes, a bicycle built for two.  Somehow the conversation turned to that bicycle and, after giving us a demonstration, both Judy and Charlie urged us to take a spin.

I’ll admit I was all for it.  I rode my bicycle to work for more than twenty years and I loved biking, although I do not now own a bicycle.  I joined in urging Betsy to take a spin with me and she finally agreed.  But looking closely at the picture above (you can click on it to enlarge it), I think she was less than enthusiastic about the whole thing.  What do you think?