Back in August 2016, we booked our spot for the RV Dreams Educational Rally to be held May 8-14, 2017 in Sevierville, TN. We had no idea at that time that come May we would own a DRV Mobile Suites and already be full-timing! It was just a dream! This rally was supposed to be a time of research, learning, getting READY to make the BIG decision. Instead the dream had already become a reality! The rally was held at River Plantation RV Resort with around 175 people in attendance, a sold-out rally! And no, we didn’t bring our rig as we had booked a hotel room for the rally and 2 quaint cabins for a mini vacation well before we bought our rig. The rally began with an evening of getting to know each other with an icebreaker game. Howard and Linda Payne of RV-Dreams did a fantastic job at hosting and leading educational seminars throughout the week. A favorite evening was a dinner followed by “bring your favorite gadget” night. The last day, many attendees graciously opened their rigs for everyone to enjoy. The Hillbilly Hoedown took place in the evening with delicious food, lots of laughs and great music! A farewell breakfast on Sunday morning with new friends, lots of hugs, great memories and loads of information. One thing you begin to realize about the RV lifestyle, the people you meet can be the most fun-loving, down to earth, always willing to help kinda folk!
The weekends before and after the rally we explored the beautiful Great Smokey Mountain’s National Park. We absolutely loved Cades Cove. It was perfect at this particular time of year to see Mama black bear and her four cubs! The antics of these babies can capture your attention for hours! We drove around the Cades Cove Loop on many different days, both morning and evening, and every time we saw several bear.
We also scored a few new birds for our list, like the male and female Orchard Oriole.
The Seven Islands State Birding Park is 416 acres along the French Broad River in Knox County, TN. It is a premier birding destination and only 30 minutes from Sevierville. We were able to photograph another new bird for us, the Yellow Breasted Chat.
The first weekend we were there, on a very clear Sunday morning, we ventured up to Clingmans Dome. The views were breathtaking, along with the 4” of fresh snow.
Our other hikes included Laurel Falls, and Grotto Falls which was on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. So much beauty for the eyes to see in our State and National Parks.