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Saturday, May 13, 2017

From North Carolina via Tennessee to Kentucky

Aloha Everyone,

Rainy morning, Honu drove in and out of thick fog. Occasionally, we were treated to sunlights filtering through verdant forests. It was ethereal. We crossed the Great Smoky Mountain National Park south to north from Cherokee, North Carolina to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The difference between the two cities is like day and night. Compared to subdued yet friendly Cherokee, Gatlinburg with large chain hotels, motels and restaurants, was bustling with tourists. Too commercialized for us. J.J. and I are glad that our 2 days were spent in Cherokee.

I suppose Siri is programmed to take the shortest route to a specified destination. I asked for driving directions to the Mammoth Cave National Park. The original estimate of 5 1/2 hours took Honu meandering through scenic rural roads. The day was beautiful and we are not under time constraint. Good news is that we were able to drive by Dollywood then some of the picturesque countryside of Kentucky.

Honu's accommodation for the night is Russell Springs/Indian Hills KOA Campgrounds. Located on Lake Cumberland, this is a popular water sports destination.

We are about 90 miles to the Mammoth Cave National Park. Having a roof of tall trees over Honu means no phone or WiFi signal. Tonight, instead of working on my mobile devices, I will work on my sketch book.

Aloha -- Cathi