So why is this one a valley and not a Cove. Beats me. Cataloochee Valley is in the opposite (NE) corner of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From Cade’s Cove it is about 100 miles by road not so far as the raven flies.
So when you think of a cove my guess is that you think of a small bay on a lake. I might think of a concave shaped molding. Wel in the smokies it refers to a valley. So Cade’s Cove is a fairly large valley about 24 miles south west of the visitor’s center near the north entrance. Then there is a one way eleven mile loop road with several stops at homesteads, churches, a grist mill and of course a gift shop.
And they had four or five churches. The Missionary Baptist, the Primative Baptist, the Methodists and an Episcopal church. No Lutherans. We finally figured out what the Primative Baptists were. It had nothing to do with Peanut Butter (PB) it was all about a split over missionary work. Another church split into two factions over who supported which side in the Civil War. Faith was a big part of southern mountain life.
Most of these were originally log buildings and later rebuilt with sawn lumber when it became available. Very basic. We stopped at the campground at Cade’s Cove for a picnic lunch.
The south side of the Great Smokies is probably like the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. 90% of visitors go to the other side. So that is usually our choice, go where the crowds aren’t.
1972 miles to go. A young gal (younger tha me) was headed up the trail. I said “Only 1972 miles to go.” She laughed and said she was only going another 200 miles. Oh my! We walked up the trail about a quarter mile or so.
The Folk Art Center is an amazing place. It celebrates the history of Apalachain folk art as well as the many people who carry on the traditions and skills passed down over many generations.
There was an exhibit of work done with what appeared to be really thick paint but it was fibers, fabric bits, paper and glue and pastes to complete a strong three dimensions surface texture and a resulting work of art.
There was also a special exhibit of quilts called “Eyecatchers: The Hunter Collection”. It contained twenty or thirty quilts from the collection of Robert & Barbara Hunter. They indeed were eye catching.
We have been to Biltmore before but it is worth a second or third look. The gardens are in full bloom and the house was lavishly decorated with spring flowers. Probably the most amazing room in the home is the Winter Garden. When you go on the tour, you enter biltmore through the massive outer fromt doors and then the even more massive wooden front doors. Neither have outside door handles. The butler opens the doors from the inside. The entry foyer is huge, the ceiling high and awe is the main word that comes to mind. Just to the right the very large octagonal Winter Garden awaits. Down a few steps into an oasis of orchids, whites one one side, reds, pinks and purples finished the room. Orchids of every conceivable shape.
The flowers in the formal gardens were blooming. The consrvatory and the hot houses were full of new plants and flowers.
We spent all day wandering around inside the house and in the gardens. We went back the next morning so that I could go on the “Architect’s tour”. This gives you a special behind the scenes look at the house that the regular tours never see. This was from the roof.
The Grove Park Inn.
We have moved from Asheville to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We have cell phone service that goe from 1X to No Service. Data is very slow. We sort of expected this but after having 4G service everywhere we have been is it an adjustment. All that being said, I will try to post to,the blog although they may be shorter and I may have to save some pictures for later.