When we were in North Carolina with our friends Dona and Bob, we discovered that all four of us like train rides. As it happens, there’s a train called the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad that leaves from Bryson City every day.
We booked passage for the Nantahala Gorge Excursion, which “takes you across Fontana Lake and into the beautiful Nantahala Gorge.” The train was comfortable with an attendant who would fill your "free" mug with coffee, tea or a soft drink while the train moseyed along. Here’s what the interior of our car looked like.
And here are a few of the things we saw along the way…
The train took us to the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) where we had an hour layover. Just enough time to stretch our legs and have a nice glass of local ale. But we did see some interesting things during our stop.
Like these two peeps who were obviously so worn out they were willing to nap on gravel.
And these three dogs. The two already in the truck watched with rapt attention until dog number three was safely in the truck. They must be best friends.
The scenery on the way back to Bryson City was just wonderful.
One of our fellow passengers seemed to like it quite a lot.
A nice day was had by all.