July 22
Wednesday, 2020 Palmeter Vacation

Breakfast on the Deck

7:13 AM – Post-breakfast discussion.

Judy locates the sunrise (approximately).

A Tale of The Tail of the Dragon

Kyle discovered that this road was driving distance from our cabin so was determined to try it out. David and Luke tagged along.

“Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap, NC has 318 curves in 11 miles: America’s number one motorcycle and sports car road. Designated US 129, the road is bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest with no intersecting roads or driveways to hamper your travel. It is considered “the destination” for thousands of motorcycle and sports car fans throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Can you brave it? It’s best to be cautious as the turns are tight, but the Tail of the Dragon is guaranteed to be the ride of your life.”

Luke pulled on his ‘Get a Load of These Whiskers’ sox and is ready for the Dragon.

8:09 AM – And here they go.

Bonus Bear – Just as we left Gatlinburg, a bear like this internet picture crossed the road.

Some great scenery during the 1 hour 45 minute drive to the Dragon.

But this guy is smiling because of the incredible roads getting there.

Learners License Luke is absorbing it all.

These folks probably already had their fun.

Some of the ‘getting there’ fun for Kyle. Yep, that’s a double yellow flag, 10 mph curve.

If you are coming toward us on this curve, the consequences of coming in too hot could be dire. Of course, other curves don’t have a concrete bridge, they have a 100-ft drop-off.

10:27 AM – We be here!

And so are about a gazillion motorcycles.

“You don’t scare me Dragon!”

“Not your head, not your tail, you don’t scare me!”

“Now that ball of fire, that’s another matter!”

10:55 AM – Technogizmo kid and driver extraordinaire at the ready, set, GO!

A BMW Z-4 on the ‘Tail.

It says there is a sharp corner over that rise, let’s find out.

Lets see, 318 curves in 11 miles. That’s 29 curves per mile. Hot dog, 260 more curves to go!

Interesting way to make a buck, an ego stand. Wonder if they got the Forte?

They sure enough did!

Ego Stand Two. Interesting name!? Hmmm……

Not here for the scenery, but it is great. Just don’t become part of it.

Old guy says, “What is that?”

MX-5 (Miata) out for a cruise.

Ego Stand Three, must be profitable. All of them have a website with a full array of ways to stick your picture on a myriad of shirts and dustables.

What’s that down at the Overlook, the Mad Mob Motorcycle Club?

Nah, just The Old Duffers Tricycle Club.

Here comes the Fiat Club!

Above is one of the Fiats in the group, an X1/9 with the tail truly hung out around the corner!

11:19 AM – And then, 318 curves later, it was over. The song on the radio was, ‘Don’t Stop the Music.’ Seems appropriate….what a ride!! You can see it all HERE. Check Out the Fiat Club Tour at 21:19

On the way home, a nice lady tooken our pitcher while we were blocking her view of the scenery.

All that Curvy Road Instruction Class done tuckered out Learners License Luke.

Ticky Tacky Town Attack Two

Disguises in place, the young folk head to downtown Gatlinburg to see the sights.

The red circle is the Space Needle where they found a telescope.

4:26 PM – And what did they scope? Our cabin! And they spotted a yellow Scott dot!

They found Scott in his yellow shirt, then Grandma in her white one and then Karen dazzled them when she put on her pink shirt. Grandpa was disguised standing between Karen and Grandma. Great exploring, young folks!

Wow! Bear Two (at the Cabin)

5:20 PM – Not Herbert, but an older bear with a collar, big excitement to see another one. The Smoky Mountain bear information said they like to roam in the early morning and in the evening.

The wild raspberry patch was again a major draw, fortunately.

A quick snack, then…

…back to the woods at 5:22 PM.

6:25 PM – Father – Daughter time on the deck, wondering if any more bears would show up?

Close Encounters with Bears Three and Four

7:50 PM – Nancy was standing lookout duty and, with the excited ‘I saw a bear’ look, stage whispered, “TWO bears, right HERE!”

7:54 PM – They, too, enjoyed the wild raspberries…. 

……..and some other flora.

7:56 PM – Then up to the road for more exploring.

7:57 PM – A garbage cage has some interesting smells, but these folks have it latched…..

…and so do the neighbors. Kyle is enjoying the show.

7:58 PM – These bears are very curious and coming our way – head for the front door – NOW!

7:59 PM – That’s the front porch and front door to the right. We all got in safely, but certainly learned a lesson!

The larger bear had just put his paws on the front fender of our car for a look on our hood – very curious and fortunately, no scratches.

This was the most serious lesson – with one bear beside Judy’s car and one behind Kyle’s, we could walk out the front door and not see either bear until we were too close. We had a family meeting to implement new safety rules. It worked, we never saw another bear the rest of the week. (Bummer!)

8:00 PM – The view from the top floor – they wandered back up the driveway (doing a little smooching along the way).

8:02 PM – Then back to the woods to do bear stuff. What a delight they were!

Cute Couple

8:06 PM – The most oldest and least oldest!

Wrap on a Busy Day – Why Not Both?

9:16 PM – Wanna play Rummikub or act silly?

Next Day

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