We spent the month of October on the go. Between working and traveling, I believe we were only home and not doing anything for 2-3 days. I wouldn’t trade it though, as we had an amazing time exploring our own back yard. We kicked off the month with the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot. What could be better than eating and drinking your way around the world with family? I was thankful that my grandparents came in for the week, and we had a fun time at the park.
The following weekend we visited my other grandma, who lives at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She was recovering from a recent surgery, so we enjoyed just relaxing around the house and exploring the town of Young Harris, GA. If there was any place that I would want to be in recovery from a recent surgery it would certainly be tucked away in the beautiful mountains.
We then made our way to our campsite in Cades Cove. We got extremely lucky and were able to snag a last minute cancellation in the park. It was truly perfect tent camping weather… the air was cool and dry, the evenings happily spent around a campfire. I always sleep wonderfully in a tent. I love the rustle of leaves, the sounds of crickets chirping, and the dark, deep night sky. The freezing temperatures make a perfect excuse to share a sleeping bag ;).
While in the park we did a couple of hikes around Cades Cove. I could literally spend months in the park and not see everything that I want to see. The best hike was to Abram Falls. It’s an easy to moderate hike, about 5 miles round trip (great for families). Part of what makes it so great is the proximity to Cades Cove. It’s right off the loop, and there is a parking lot with a restroom at the trail head. Cades Cove can get really congested during peak season, and it can take a few hours to complete the 11-mile loop by car. The trail head makes for a great pit stop to stretch the legs and get some fresh mountain air when your driving the loop. The actual waterfall is a nice lunch spot as there are many large rocks to set up picnic. A perfect mountain day in my opinion!
We spent the latter part of the month exploring the Pacific Northwest. We had a great time spitting our days between Portland and Seattle. More on that to come.