Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ahhh, Jellystone

During the first part of our trip to the Smokies we camped at Great Smoky Mountain Jellystone campground in Cosby TN just a few miles from Gatlinburg. We have always wanted to camp but just haven't had any luck making it happen until this trip.

We decided to rent a yurt to stay in. This was sort of like a tent but had beds and a mini fridge and a ceiling fan. The good thing was we weren't sleeping on the ground (tent) and it did rain every day so we would have been all washed out if we hadn't been off the ground.

The yurts were just built for this season so they were nice and new. We loved being right by the stream. With all the rain you could really hear the streams rushing at night. Made for good sleeping.

An inside peek at our (excuse the mess) yurt. It had two sets of bunk beds with a double on bottom and twin on top so it could sleep six. The kids loved each having their own top bunk.

And they loved playing in the stream of course!

Paul built a fire each night. We roasted hot dogs the first night but only had s'mores the other nights after eating in town.

There were really lots of activities at the campground but I didn't seem to get many pictures of them. There was a nice pool, a nine hole mini golf, a game room, a Blue Bell ice cream shop, a movie theater with a movie shown each night, karaoke and 'Hey' rides with Yogi. I did snap a pic of the kids on the hay ride and with Yogi afterwards:)

I really enjoyed camping. We did have to shower and use the facilities in the bath houses which wasn't bad. I loved just being outside and having a camp fire every night, etc. We think we might try for a cabin with a bathroom the next time we camp. But the yurt was cool. I recommend it to anyone thinking of staying in one!


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