A Cliffhanger of a Cabin on Old Smokey (Beloved of a Mamma Bear)

56 thoughts on “A Cliffhanger of a Cabin on Old Smokey (Beloved of a Mamma Bear)”

  1. Gorgeous! I’ve traveled that area many times in the past, and it never ceases to amaze me with it’s beauty. And your chalet looks incredible, though I think most Americans would say “cabin”, whether the definition fits entirely or not. When do you break out the s’mores over a campfire? 😉

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    1. It was a true-blue log cabin but the owners call it a chalet. Interchangeable terms or you think too pretentious? 🙂 Now for a holiday home like that! The thought of bears invading the territory for some s’mores had us on a back foot. For why should they denied, right? (Confession: We are such wusses despite our rants about not meeting bears yet)

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      1. No, not pretentious at all. Absolutely interchangeable. I was more meaning that “cabin” would be the more familiar of the two in the US. As for s’mores and bears, well, they’ll just have to make their own. Theft of s’mores is a serious matter! I’m sure Adi could take on a cub if necessary. Now, a mother bear? I’d keep my distance. S’mores be damned. In all seriousness, though, messing with bears is no joke. I’m still not over that horrifying story I read about that taxi driver in India who was killed trying to take a selfie with a bear. That happens in the US all the time, too, though it usually happens when people try to hand feed a bear. Not a good idea.

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      2. I missed this story of the taxi driver. People are insane to mess around with wildlife. I think they get their just desserts as a result. As for hand feeding, that is plain punishable. I read that bears lose longevity when people feed them. They get used to foraging for food in human territories and as a result become dependent on them, which is harmful in every way possible, apart from the fact they have to be put down often because they end up being aggressive during encounters. I would keep my distance too, you know. My talk is sometimes all foam — but that is about the length and breadth of it. I would love to sight one from a great distance.

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      3. I have to tell you about this adorable video we watched, of a mamma bear and her four cubs taking over the pool in someone’s backyard.
        Here’s the link to it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77dtqOOaGLo

        It was as if the human mother could empathise with the bear’s need to chill out after an entire day of shepherding her babies around. 🙂

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      4. Hah isn’t she cute to clobber her young ones out of the pool? 😀 It is one of the cutest ones I have come across.

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      1. We have been busy but we do enjoy reading your posts and seeing your marvelous photos. It’s kind of like taking a vacation from home 🙂

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      2. Nicest words to hear on this overcast Thursday. Hope your weekend is restful. xx

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  2. I cannot see your photos yet – internet is so slow here. One sentence in this post really stands out for me – ‘the less said about Skegness the better’. You are so right! I can’t believe you’ve been there! (It’s very close to where I was born, I know it far too well!)

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    1. Hahaha hmm Skeggy darling was something else. I must have reached it 20 years late. For a child it should be fun. I don’t even know where those photos are – reminds me to hunt for them.

      P.S.: I hope you can open the photos now. I did go and check all my updates to see nothing at my end was slowing it down.

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      1. Skeggy was never fun – for anyone. I know someone who lives there – can you imagine? Don’t worry it’s not your site – it’s just slow internet….

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      2. Skeggy was never fun – for anyone! I know someone who lives there – can you imagine? Don’t worry – it’s not your site – it’s just slow internet….

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    1. Thanks Tracey. But hey, you live in Amsterdam. It’s the epitome of open living. Every evening when we used to take a walk along the canal, I saw people sitting around the table for their evening drinks or reading in their couches, and I wondered aloud about how the Dutch live without curtains.

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  3. I’ve always wanted to stay in a little cabin overnight with friends or family – it seems like such a wonderful, if not at first unsettling, adventure! Especially as I’m a big fan of having breakfast with a beautiful view. Gorgeously written and photographed as always 🙂 xx

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    1. A cabin in the woods…you are right, Maria. It was our first and we daydreamed mightily about owning such a cabin one day. It was just so snug. May you soon have that view and of course the brekkie! Cheers 🙂 xx

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  4. Wonderful scenic photos , the hair pin bends must have been steep.The cabin looks so cozy and nice am sure the views were spectacular .Can’t wait to make a trip there soon!

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    1. Thank you lovely! They were and the entire place seemed charmed. Except for Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge :-/ Hope you get to book a holiday there soonest. xx

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  5. I love that little cabin! Those views…remind me of the Alps? That sky….,such a beautiful place and how lucky you are to be able to go somewhere ‘a little different’. I watched a programme once about communities in the smokey mountains that lived off the grid so instead of bears, I thought you may meet someone with a gun saying, “get orff my propertee!” Haha. I think they ate lots of skunk……looks lovely. X

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    1. Isn’t it darling? The Alps. I am pining for a holiday in the Dolomites. You remind me of that wish.
      The Smoky Mountains are different and quite wild, Sophie. I love the fact that they spend energy on conserving it like they do. I will mention a bit more about it in the next post but then you are already aware since you watched a documentary.
      You are right about the communities there. We did our best not to incite violence. 😉 I am all too aware of the gun-totting tendencies of folk here! But the southern people, they are friendly and warm. A sea change from NYC and NJ. And skunk as a diet? Made me go a sick shade of green! xx

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    1. That steep road is the one we had to drive up every day to get to the cabin. I tried walking down it in my ballerinas and gave up. It presented opportunities for an awful tumble.

      As for the bears, we hung around the porch windows like little children hoping to catch elves and fairies. xx

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