Last Wednesday, we packed up and headed over to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a 5 nighter in Cades Cove. My wife and I had the pup packed down with with all the essentials, including 4 adult bikes, 2 kids bikes, and tent for my daughter, son in law, and 3 grandkids. They were joining us on Friday. We arrived at our site in the generator free loop C, where we always camp, about 2:00 and wasted no time getting popped up and ready to kick back for the evening. After a relaxing and quiet night, we got up early on Thursday morning and hiked to the top of Gregory Bald to see the dazzling annual display of wild azaleas. It was my wife's first visit to Gregory Bald and she said that the 11 mile round trip was worth the effort to see the beautiful colors in peak bloom. Here is a description of the hike from my blog: http://hometownhiker.blogspot.com/2014/06/gregory-bald-hike-2014.html On Friday, the kids arrived and we rode bikes, went on a nature hike, played in the creek, and drove the loop, spotting deer, bears, turkeys, etc. We walked around the old homesteads and churches, exploring and generally doing fun stuff. Saturday morning, the loop is closed to cars, so the wife and I rode the entire loop on our bicycles, while the kids rode an abbreviated 4 mile loop. The 4 and 6 year old are already accomplished cyclists and had no problems with the hilly terrain. The 18 month old rode on a child seat with her dad. We spotted more wildlife, ate marshmallows, played games, built a nice campfire, and caught lightning bugs. On Sunday morning, as the daughter and son in law were packing up, me and the grandkids made breakfast for everybody. They left about 9, leaving the 4 year old with us. He was determined to camp another night and we were happy to accommodate him. The three of us drove into Sevierville, and went to the Lodge cast iron outlet and the Coleman outlet. That evening, my grandson and I built the best fire of the trip, and really had a good time. We slept soundly and packed it home on Monday morning. Overall, it was a great time spent with the family. The weather was perfect, all of our neighbors were friendly, I got to do some Dutch oven cooking, and I slept like a baby every night. Man, I love camping in my little pup!