I have a few minutes until my meeting, so I'm stopping off of the spur between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge to catch some scenery and slow down my pace for the day. I'm always in a hurry and hustle and bustle, so this will be a welcomed break of the pace.
I’m just about half way between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, and I am pulled over into a very small parking area. I guess you could call it parking for four. Looks like only four cars can park here at a time.
It’s been about 3 years since I have taken some time to see the little pigeon river up close. The last I touched it was when I first moved to Tennessee. My friends took me on a tour to Cades Cove, and this river was our first stop.
What would be good right now are some yummy cherries. I could just sit here and watch the little pigeon river flow. I wonder if I could find some gold in there. The water is only about six inches deep at this part of the river and constantly flowing. I say six inches but I'm sure it changes on a monthly basis depending on the rain. The river is flowing from Gatlinburg into Pigeon Forge. One of these days maybe I can find the source. Is finding the beginning of the water flow like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?
mmm the smell of fresh mountain grass. What? Grass? I love going off on tangents don’t you? What about the first date idea?!? It’s coming!
Yep, looks like today is the day for the city of Pigeon Forge to mow the grass or maybe the Smoky Mountains Park is responsible. Who knows, I’m not going to ask the guy while he’s on that bushwhacker.
A few minutes later……..
After all of that soul searching on the river, my lawn mowing answer was just given to me. There is now a truck here that has the Great Smoky Mountains logo on the side, so the Great Smoky Mountain National Park does take care of this area, along with the U.S. Government department of the interior, national park service.
ok enough about mowing. There is a big flat rock along the side of the river. I wonder what people would think of me if I just laid down a blanket and took a short power nap. Oh! I have a great Idea for a first date. Ok this is my idea for a first date or a couple just wanting to spend time with each other.
I am probably in one of the most scenic spots for a picnic in the smoky mountains. There are relaxing sounds from the river and 360 degrees of nature, with just a few block to civilization. First, you would have to tell your date that what you're going to do requires them to take off their shoes. They have to be semi spontaneous. If not just leave them at the house. hehe Just tell your date you’re going to have a picnic. Once they get to the river they will have to be a little adventurous and cross in their bare feet. It’s not a big deal. It will be fun. Bring a picnic basket, cross the river (its less than ankle deep) and lay out a blanket over the rock. It’s a flat white rock just along side the river and is the perfect size for two and a picnic basket. I have made a home video of the rock (I really need to get a video camera. This video was taken with a cell phone) The first part of the video is me going down the side of the river. It’s not steep.
Once you get to the other side, sit and enjoy your food, the surroundings, the peaceful flowing of the river and of course your lucky date, in the Smoky Mountains. Oh, once the second date comes around, a picture perfect Mountain View cabin is the answer. Need a cabin? Here are a few Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge Cabins I have some great reconditions of cabins with views. Shoot me a message and Ill point out a few.
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