Cherokee & Maggie Valley, North Carolina
Made it through Missouri, which was the only place we ran into a traffic jam the entire way there and back - surprising.
The next day was a relaxing drive on into Sparta. Along the way Tiki stopped for a break at the Cumberland Gap National Park. What a great place for a stop. I would have been nice to have had more time to explore the trails and sites of the park.
Over the next couple of days, Tiki spent a lot of time playing outside. But he did also find time to head into Cherokee where he checked out the museum. They told the story of the Cherokee people from their earliest days. The exhibits were well done, but the murals that accompanied them were phenomenal
Several of the Cherokee people came together to demonstrate several of the dances their people did for fun and ritual.
And he showed how the canoes were made - and a whole lot more. If anyone has a couple hours and they are in the Cherokee area - don't just go to the casino, which Tiki never did make it to, take time and learn about this proud nation.
And that closed off another trip to the mountains of North Carolina.