After we left Cade's Cove,
our destination was Cleveland, TN. We were going to spend the night
there and do some exploring the next day.
We stopped in Maryville
for Dad to stretch his legs and got a call from my sister.
The storm had shifted more
to the east a little so she'd gone over to my parent's house and
secured everything outside.
We pulled up the latest
advisories on Nate and not only had it shifted, it was coming sooner
than expected and would remain a Tropical Depression all the way up
into lower Tennessee.
Where we were.
We didn't want to be in a
tropical event up there and at that point both of us felt like going
home was what we needed to do.
Should we drive to
Birmingham and then get up and leave early the next morning?
What if Nate sped up more
or shifted a little more to the east?
Once wind speeds hit a
steady 40mph they close the bridges here and I wouldn't be able to go
home if we missed our window.
So we left Maryville, TN
at about 7:30 and drove until we got to Gulf Breeze at 3:45 in the
And from there I had
another hour's drive to get to my house.
The sun rose, set and rose
again and that was the end of day 3 of our 10 day adventure.
Meaning, our 10 day
adventure turned into a 3 day wild ride.
I was sorry that we had to
miss the geocaching event and cut our exploring time down but we had
such an amazing time it was all worth it.
Even that brutal all night