More Signs of Spring


The snow is continuing to melt away from the closed-for-the-season Cataloochee Ski, but notice the bright green grass to the right of Cataloochee Ranch. That could only mean . . .


Yes - our Big Dog neighbors of Cataloochee Ranch are back from their winter homes.

Rush Hour

Which gives a whole new meaning to rush hour traffic on our roads.

Yes, our neighbors have shifted to their summer time focus as a guest ranch – Cataloochee Ranch.   Because of our harsh winters on the ridge tops, the horses head off to enjoy warmer climates, but they come back every April.  The surest sign of spring for us is the return of our big dog friends.  And, as you can see above, we had to drive through the middle of them Sunday afternoon because they had reclaimed their road (which is our key route down into the Valley).

If you are looking for a place to stay and explore the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, we highly recommend our neighbors.  Just click the link and find out all of the things Cataloochee Ranch offers.  Since they border the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, you can explore in a very relaxed way.

Ok, they don’t mention us, but we do live here and you just might see us, too!  We love ranch visitors who scratch our ears.


  1. siku marie on April 3, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Is it like the four-legged version of the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano?

  2. Steve & Kat on April 2, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Do your neighbors allow dogs to stay? I would love to stay somewhere that has horses!


  3. Linda on April 2, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Well that would make a trip to the Smokey Mountains even more special and I bet you don’t turn down any extra ear scratching! Love the picture of your big dog friends heading back home.

  4. Huffle Mawson on April 2, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    My mum and dad would like to come and meet you all one day! I’ll probably stay home though.

  5. Susan on April 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    It’s been springtime here in North Texas for about 3 weeks – an early spring, but then you never know in North Texas. I’ve lived here for many years, and I remember 2 ice storms in March, and 1 snowstorm on the 31st, I think in 87, although the snow didn’t stick.

    Anyway, Happy Spring.

  6. houndstooth on April 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    You have some fantastic neighbors! And, I might add, Springtime looks beautiful in your corner of the world!

  7. Bassetmomma on April 2, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Great pictures! It must be nice to see all the horses return!

  8. HUSKY'S RULE on April 2, 2012 at 9:55 am

    We can truly say we have never ever been in that type of rush hour traffic…looks interesting though!!
    Licks & Nibbles,
    Kody & Nia

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