Today hasn’t been that exciting. We took the kids over to Gatlinburg to let them do their thing and we hit some of the old spots we usually go to.
We went to check out Elkmont where they’ve been doing a lot of renovations on some of the abandoned houses. It’s nice to see history preserved.
Then on to Cades Cove to do a little bear spotting. We actually saw one far off in the fields.
I like watching the ravens beg for food alongside the cars on the loop. They are very entertaining.
We were out pretty much all day. We had a sit-down breakfast at The Mountaineer and fast food the rest of the day. The Mountaineer is fairly priced for good food. We got overcharged for what we got at Johnny Rockets in Gatlinburg.
We topped off the day with mini golf at Maggie Valley Carpet Golf.
Here is where I’m going to say something about Maggie Valley that won’t be popular.
Y’all gotta step y’all’s game up.
I know that the last two years have taken a bite out of everybody. And I know a business is hard to run but you’re not gonna keep a business if it isn’t open.
Several of our favorite restaurants are still there but aren’t open for business on Fourth of July weekend. That’s very concerning for a town that thinks it’s going to jump up from the reopening of Ghost Town amusement park. I know I see the guy down at Route 19 Inn putting money into a place and hoping for the best. And he’s giving it his best. Like I wrote before me and the wife are very impressed with that motel. More importantly, we were satisfied with the money we spent with that place of business.
Chris Smith at Chris and Friends Antiques has invested a ton in his business.
We love Maggie Valley. We would love to keep coming here. But if there’s nothing to do there’s no reason to come.
We spend the majority of our time on the trails around the town up in the mountains but we spend our money here on food and other entertainment.
We have real friends here that run businesses. And a lot of them are still open and running.
And that’s all I got to say about that.
That’s it. That’s the post.