I fell in love with Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park when we visited my Peepaw’s home last summer. The smells, crisp air, refreshing water, and laid-back atmosphere made me want to stay in the park forever.
He built the house and the barn all by himself. I was seriously impressed! He let me run all over, chase rabbits, eat poop, and other typical farm stuff.
When I first got to the barn, I smelled something off. Then I saw him: the biggest dog with the awkwardest nose I had ever seen. I’m not going to lie — he looked freakin’ weird. I was mildly terrified. Peepaw let Shane the horse out to play with me, and he chased me around the yard. I woofed and told him to please go away. Shane the horse was the ugliest, scariest dog I’d ever seen. Peepaw said he looked like me … I was pretty insulted.
Once Shane the horse went back to his farmhouse, I finally got to relax and take a nap. The next morning, Mom and Dad said we could go hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg! I was so elated to go on another adventure.
Apparently there are only two hikes in the park that allow doggies, and we have to stay on a leash. We hiked around the Gatlinburg Trail. It was my first hike in the mountains, and one of the coolest trails I’ve ever been on. I got to jump on massive rocks, run through streams, and drink the refreshing, freezing water. Luckily I didn’t meet a bear. I hope we can go back to Tennessee soon and try the other dog-friendly trail on my list: the Oconaluftee River Trail. The Great Smoky National Park was so beautiful, I’m going to give it two paws up! Not Shane, though. He gets zero paws and a hoof.
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Stay tuned for my next blog post, where I talk about dog-friendly destinations and fun in Nashville.