2003 Trailmanor Trailblazers Jubilee

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

On Monday we drove back, with trailer in tow, from Mooresville, NC to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, just north of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

While the trailer park setting of the jubilee left something to be desired, our particular campsite was backed up to a field and was aflutter with cardinals and doves. The activities of the Trailblazers took up some time.
RV trip photo: 2003 Trailblazers Jubilee - Mile High and Pikes Peak Chapters
Mile High and Pikes Peak Chapters
RV trip photo: 2003 Trailblazers Jubilee - Our Pigeon Forge trailer campsite RV trip photo: 2003 Trailblazers Jubilee - Cardinal perched on a fence behind our trailer RV trip photo: 2003 Trailblazers Jubilee - Sunrise in the field behind our campsite
Our Pigeon Forge trailer campsite Cardinal perched on a fence behind our trailer Sunrise behind our campsite
RV trip photo: 2003 Trailblazers Jubilee - Our Pigeon Forge trailer campsite RV trip photo: 2003 Trailblazers Jubilee - Pigeon Forge trailer campsite RV trip photo: 2003 Trailblazers Jubilee - Unruhs and Maelzers chat
Our Pigeon Forge trailer campsite Unruhs and Maelzers chat



Even so, we were able to get away for some sunny day exploring of the Smokies. RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Scenic view along the highway RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Scenic view along the highway RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Old homestead on a scenic nature trail
Scenic views Old homestead on a scenic nature trail
RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Scenic nature trail We were finally able to walk to the top of Clingman’s Dome and take in the view. RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Scenic view from Klingman's Dome RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Old homestead on a scenic nature trail
Scenic nature trail Scenic views from Klingman's Dome
RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Scenic view from Klingman's Dome RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Wood Sorrel on top of Klingman's Dome RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Wood Sorrel on top of Klingman's Dome
Scenic view from Klingman's Dome Wood Sorrel on top of Klingman's Dome
RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Scenic nature trail along Klingman's Dome road RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Scenic views from Newfound Gap RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Scenic views from Newfound Gap
Scenic nature trail along Klingman's
Dome road
Scenic views from Newfound Gap



One of the best hikes was to Alum Bluffs Cave. Most of the way we walked next to a fast-flowing, bubbling and tumbling creek. RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Stream along Alum Bliff Cave trail RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Alum Bluff Cave trail RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Stream along Alum Bluff Cave trail
Alum Bluff Cave trail
RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Stream along Alum BLuff Cave trail RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Alum Bluff Cave trail RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Alum Bluff Cave trail RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Stream along Alum Bluff Cave trail
Alum Bluff Cave trail
RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Ellen at the Arch, Alum Bluff Cave trail RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Step up through the Arch, Alum Bluff Cave trail As we gained in elevation, we were treated to the gorgeous mountain laurel, galax, Michaux’s saxifrage and unidentified flowers. RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Michaux's Saxifrage along Alum Bluff Cave trail
The Arch Michaux's Saxifrage
RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Mountain Laurel, Alum Bluff Cave trail RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Galax, Alum Bluff Cave trail RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Rhododendron along Alum Bluff Cave trail
Mountain Laurel Galax Rhododendron
When the trail moved away from the water, it became steeper, but not difficult despite the handrails provided in the narrower places. The cave was actually an overhang-tall and broad. I could imagine what the Anasazi would have done with the space. RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Scenic view along Alum Bluff Cave trail RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Scenic view along Alum Bluff Cave trail RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Doug at Alum Bluff Cave
Scenic views Doug at Alum Bluff Cave



RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Lunch stop along a creek on a quiet walkway We ended this hiking day with a lunch and rest at the “quiet walkway” that began our exploration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park over almost two weeks ago. Butterflies joined us as they gathered in an area that appeared to be the equivalent of a mineral lick. RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Butterflies congregate along a creek on a quiet walkway
Lunch stop along a creek on a 'quiet walkway' Butterfly congregation



RV trip photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Lunch stop along a creek on a quiet walkway One of the benefits of having the Jubilee in Tennessee was the proximity to the Trail Manor factory in Lake City. Our visit there was fascinating and informative, if not inspiring of confidence - let’s just say the absence of continual quality control was disturbing. However, our knowledge of the trailer and personal experience from our years of travel with it supercede any shortcomings. We do love our Trailmanor! Click here to take a virtual tour of the Trailmanor factory.



Our last night was the Jubilee banquet, complete with 18 piece band. RV trip photo: 2003 Trailblazers Jubilee - Band playing at Friday night banquet RV trip photo: 2003 Trailblazers Jubilee - Friday night banquet
RV trip photo: 2003 Trailblazers Jubilee - Part of the Colorado contingent at the Friday night banquet RV trip photo: 2003 Trailblazers Jubilee - Bill Hulsey at the mike, Friday night banquet 2003 Trailblazers Jubilee - Kate Unruh and Eileen Maelzer, Friday night banquet
Part of the Colorado contingent Bill Hulsey at the mike Kate Unruh and Eileen Maelzer
There was dancing and singing for those who wished and many of our Colorado buddies showed the others how it’s done. RV trip photo: 2003 Trailblazers Jubilee - Dance contest at Friday night banquet RV trip photo: 2003 Trailblazers Jubilee - The Unruhs and the Phillips dancing at the Friday night banquet
Dance contest The Unruhs and the Phillips



RV trip photo: 2003 Trailblazers Jubilee - Friday night sunset RV trip photo: 2003 Trailblazers Jubilee - Friday night sunset
The sun sets on the 2003 Jubilee

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