There is More To Thanksgiving Than Turkey For Dinner

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Carousel Realty of Dyer County Tn 248435000


My wife and my daughter along with myself went to the Smoky mountains for the Thanksgiving Holiday. One of the highlights for us is the annual trek to Cades Cove near Gatlinburg Tennessee to drive the long loop and see the bears, turkey, deer and elk. This trip was very different however.

We drove the many miles in single file with other cars and saw almost no wild animals. No bears, no deer and no elk. I did see 2 turkey. Since we were disappointed I suggested we drive to the nearby campground in hopes of maybe the wild animals went there. Right after we got into the camp ground we watched 3 deer browse through the leaves eating acorns. We drove on around that lane and saw a 6 pt.buck. Next we drove over on a different lane with campers and came upon a lone tent with a very nice shiny car parked nearby. The owner of both must have been gone because the biggest tom turkey I have ever seen was pecking at his reflection on the side of the car.You can see the car mirror in the picture.

My wife being concerned for the car got out of our car and started throwing pebbles at that turkey then asked me if she could have that big turkey. I reminded her that we were at a national park where killing animals was prohibited.

We then noticed 2 other Toms not 20 feet away who took note of what my wife was doing so they started walking toward my wife. The other turkey also started toward my wife and the chase was on. All three tried to get my wife.

She was screaming and I was laughing so I only got this one picture.


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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Mike,  Thanks for sharing this interesting and entertaining Thanksgiving story.  Lesson learned, don't bother turkeys, they really don't have a good sense of humor.

Nov 29, 2019 06:18 PM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Mike- this is so funny!!! I'm going to have to share this with my husband who used to hunt turkeys. This is one of those stories that you'll laugh at later. 

Nov 29, 2019 07:54 PM #2
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

While reading your post I was transported there seeing this wonderful wildlife, thanks for the story, wishing you and yours a safe fun holiday season.

Nov 29, 2019 11:38 PM #3
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and your photograph. I wonder about the damage to the paint on the car.

Nov 30, 2019 08:37 AM #4
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

A new definition of Turkey Trot ?

Nov 30, 2019 11:28 PM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Mike - maybe the turkey(s) overheard your wife plotting their demise and eventual place at the dinner table...

Dec 01, 2019 07:09 AM #6
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Good morning, Mike!

I really enjoyed reading your trec through the Smokey Mountains in Cades Cove near Gatlinburg, TN. I was immediately transported to the one and only time I visited Cades Cove when my children were very young. Once you got off that trail of no go flowing traffic and got back to the campgrounds is where the action really started. I have such a visual of your wife and the turkeys! It was so funny and really good blog post. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. We have so much to be thankful for everyday, don't we?

Dec 01, 2019 07:34 AM #7
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

It's very interesting, but there have been several stories this Thanksgiving about aggressive turkeys.  Perhaps, they are listening to and taking on the political divide in this country. . .LOL 

There was one story about a turkey that chases a mailman on his route.  And, this morning I heard another story about a turkey who chased a police officer while he was trying to ticket a motorist.  The motorist got off with a warning, which I'm certain he was thankful for.

Dec 01, 2019 11:49 AM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for your comment on my recent post.

Have an outstanding December.

Dec 10, 2019 05:00 AM #9
Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL

Was NOT expecting that ending!  Goodness!  Laughing so hard!

Dec 16, 2019 10:12 PM #10
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Mike, I went to the Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg in September on vacation, and never saw any wild animals either.   Went on a hike 1.5 miles up the hill where there was a sign stating the bears were active.  Kind of got me scared.

Dec 19, 2019 07:11 AM #11
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