September 14, 2018 – Gatlinburg, Tennessee

We did not stay long in Wisconsin.  Grandsons, Owen and Cam, were shocked to learn we were leaving so soon as we usually stay for weeks.  We rented a small trailer and hooked it up to the back of our little RV. George helped us load it up and turn things around to aim out of the driveway.

It was a two-day drive to Gatlinburg where we stopped in at Jake and Angie’s Wood Art. I had scouted out all the chainsaw carving shops in May and June.  Jake was busy carving when we pulled up.

There were plenty of works in progress too, mostly bears.

The bear I chose was standing with a little tilt, so Jake leveled the base for me.

There were lots of small bears on display in front of the store.

Turns out, Jake was heading to Marathon FL, the next day to carve the pilings on his father’s pier.

I didn’t take a picture of my bear.

We had planned to stay for the night, but it was early in the day.  We pulled out of Jake & Angie’s Wood Art and drove over the mountain through the middle of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  I guess we were like horses headed for the barn on the last leg of our long summer trip.

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