Our flight was insanely early on Saturday morning (rolled out of bed at 4:30am after 2 1/2 hours of sleep) and just to make it more interesting, the fine folks at the Department of Transportation decided that Saturday morning was an ideal time to shut down the only freeway exit to the airport and start tearing it up - with no signage to warn us! After an annoying detour, we managed to park, check our bags and make it through security in 20 minutes flat - which was a very good thing since our flight started boarding about 15 minutes later!
The flight to Charlotte was uneventful and as soon as we collected our luggage we caught a shuttle to pick up our rental car (which was more expensive than 2 round trip flights!). Soon enough, we were on our way to the Smoky Mountains. The roads grew curvier and the mountains began to appear in the distance.
We also passed a road sign that my un-caffeinated, sleep-deprived self found far more amusing than it really was.
Finally we pulled into Bryson City. To be perfectly honest, Mr. R&R and I both experienced one of those "Oh shit. What the hell have we gotten ourselves into?" moments. Bryson City itself was about 2 blocks long by 3 blocks wide and looked like a cross between tourist trap hell and a complete and a run-down dump. We located the rental office (a lovely little house across the 'street' from what appeared to be a scrap yard) and got directions to our cabin - about 20 minutes away from Bryson City.
Once we arrived at the gate to the cabin community, things got really interesting. The private road leading up to our cabin was wide enough for one car (although it was a two way road), full of sharp, blind hairpin turns, and steep as hell! The nail-biting 1.25 miles was totally worth it when we made the final sharp turn up our driveway and were greeted with our first look at our "cabin".
This was no cabin. It was a house!
|Back of Upstairs Porch|
|Front of Upstairs Porch|
|View of Road from Front of Upstairs Porch|
|Back Yard Fire Pit|
The light was starting to fade as we drove back to the house and neither of us wanted to try negotiating that crazy road in the dark! On the way back, we saw something that you just don't see back home: