This morning started early at around 3:30 having to coax the uploads to the office to co-operate. Slow bandwidth (something to do with the fact we are in the “smokey” mountain area where “weeds” grow profusely?) is not making things easy. So while the uploads are slowly progressing Waldo spent some time moderating the theses of some RBI students!!


Later this morning it is off for a hike through the forest… and of course time for some games! Games? Yes, 3 in fact: Where’s Waldo? Where’s Woof? Where’s Tin?? So read on, enjoy, and PLAY with us!

Anyway, on the way to the forest walk in Gatlinburg we first made a breakfast stop at the Old Mill in Pigeon Forge; a magnificent culinary experience early in the morning!

Seated at the breakfast table
Seated at the breakfast table
The Old Mill before the tourists arrived
The Old Mill before the tourists arrived
Cinnamon French toast with bacon and maple syrup
Cinnamon French toast with bacon and maple syrup

After that a quick walk-through the old district soon saw us on the road towards Gatlinburg.

Where's Woof?
Where’s Woof?
One of the beautiful 'locals'
One of the beautiful ‘locals’

A narrow and winding road through the forest got us to the start of our walking trail towards the Grotto Falls.

Ms S at one of the outlooks
Ms S at one of the outlooks
Where the Smokey Mountains got its name from...
Where the Smokey Mountains got its name from…
Where's Waldo & Tin?
Where’s Waldo & Tin?
In the mountain stream
In the mountain stream
Start of the trail
Start of the trail
Red berries on the forest floor
Red berries on the forest floor
Water
Water
Serene
Serene
Friends forever
Friends forever
Cascades
Cascades
Friends on a log
Friends on a log
Ms Faith & Ms S... officially posing
Ms Faith & Ms S… officially posing
Roots
Roots
Mrs M is dwarfed by the surrounding trees
Mrs M is dwarfed by the surrounding trees
Ms Faith explaining bear bark stripping!
Ms Faith explaining bear bark stripping!
How small we felt...
How small we felt…
Where's Waldo?
Where’s Waldo?

We returned for a first experience at a Steak & Shake after which we all returned home…

steak&shake

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