Last week we drove down to our Florida home by way of the Shenandoah Valley through western Virginia and into Tennessee. I haven't been down this way since I went with my family as a teenager. It is a beautiful ride. We stayed in Pigeon Forge Tennessee within the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
I was here last Wednesday and I had to think about Kat Palmiotti when I was here. You may know the Kat lived in New York and loved hiking the Appalachian Trail which runs from Georgia through Maine including New York.
This part of the trail is one of the most challenging as far as terrain as it runs along the Tennessee North Carolina Border. The lean-to shelters built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the1930's include caging grates to keep campers protected from the bears.
We really could have stayed longer and have suggested that it be a destination for our Florida and New York Family to spend time together.
I hope people can find some time to enjoy the outdoors during the shutdown. We took all precautions and had masks and others did too.