Smoky Mountains Epic 2015 Weekend

Call us what you will, but Luke and I decided to ditch the kids with the grandparents for a few days and take a drive to the Smoky Mountains, our happy place. This trip contributed to what has turned out to be the most epic travel year yet, but it also earned a spot at the top among the most memorable.

Something as simple as driving doesn’t necessarily appeal to most people. Cars are often purchased as a result of a need for transportation to and from work, with little consideration to the experience of it all.  Contrary to this practical perspective, Luke and I both tend to appreciate cars that have personality. We disregard things like gas mileage in lieu of the way it sounds when you’re driving with the windows down.  We disregard added conveniences like automatic transmissions in lieu of that feeling you get when you’re going through gears manually. We’re those people you find outside all the time washing their cars and staring at them, showing them love. We know our neighbors probably think we’re crazy… whatever.

Now, I don’t know much about cars from a technical standpoint. I’m not going to claim to. But, I do like driving.  So, I was quickly convinced to schedule a getaway where the real objective was simply an opportunity to drive on a road in the mountains. But, it’s not just any road.  It’s a special road…   

The Dragon – Deals Gap

“You can encounter one of the most technical & challenging roads in the country. Of course, people come to the attraction of 318 curves in 11 miles, but they soon discover all the best kept secrets of the many great roads leading you here. Like the land that time forgot, you will not find any driveways, gas stations, subdivisions, or mini malls. In place of all the hustle & bustle of big city life, you will find many scenic & beautiful places to stop & take time to soak in all the natural beauty that our area has to offer.”

You know you’re getting close when hear the motorcycles and the rumbling car exhausts. You know you’re there when you see them piling into the hangouts at the entrance. From there, you can embark on an experience. It’s an experience you’re almost surprised they don’t charge you for.

Luke and I have been here before on a prior epic adventure… In fact, it’s that very adventure many years ago that encouraged us to return.  Through the years, we’ve slain The Dragon with a Subaru WRX, Acura TL, Honda Odyssey (that’s right), and now the Porsche 911 Carrera.

When we arrived this time, Luke mentioned something about people getting nauseous.  I thought that was absurd until day two when I find myself puking outside Tapoco Lodge. I’m classy like that. Oh, we did eat at Tapoco Lodge. Listening to the rustling water outside and enjoying some good food was a treat. You know, the hot dogs at Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort weren’t too shabby either.  All the excitement really creates an appetite!

I’m not sure there was a moment when I looked over and didn’t catch Luke smiling.  Considering our layovers in Atlanta and Savannah, we certainly did circle the Southeast in style.  We reluctantly left the mountains as the leaves were starting to peek through with rich tones of red. We left the crisp mountain air and the majestic landscapes. We may have left, but we won’t forget… won’t forget that weekend where we escaped the everyday, if only for a few moments. Of course, we vow to return.

Our pics are here. While I’ll admit I’m sad we weren’t included in the Weekly Highlights, we’re thankful to and others for hanging out and capturing the essence.




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