For the third year in a row, a group of Central Carolina Jaycees and their friends headed to the Great Smoky Mountains to white-water raft down the Pigeon River near Gatlinburg, Tn.
On Friday, the rafters headed to a beautiful mountain cabin nestled between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. After doing some grocery shopping, all 16 of us settled in for a 2-night stay. After a yummy homemade breakfast on Saturday, 15 brave people piled into two minivans and one PT Cruiser for what turned out to be a 7-hour rafting excursion.
Luckily, no one got hurt, eaten by bears or kidnapped by crazy mountain folk. However, while everyone else was gone, Kelly attempted to use Betty Lou (the dog) to lure out some wild bears back at the cabin. Fortunately, the bears ignored Kelly’s flatlander stupidity and waited for everyone to get home before making themselves known. Yet, when they did show up — the mama bear and her three cubs — we were shocked, awed and super excited to experience them. (See previous post for some video!)
Though most of our group was exhausted Saturday night, a small group of us ventured out to experience the Gatlinburg “night life.” You don’t want to know how easy and hilarious it was to make this picture happen!
Alas, Sunday rolled around and everyone had to head home. Somehow, the trip back to Sanford was much longer and more painful than the trip to Gatlinburg seemed. If you’re thinking about white-water rafting, you must join us on the next trip down the river!