Cherokee National Forest, Cherohala Skyway, Tennessee
To celebrate Mr. Jim feeling a bit better after the paracentesis procedure last week, we scooted off down the road to briefly tour the Cherohala Skyway. We discovered that the fall colors weren’t fully developed in the lower elevations on the Tennessee side, and past prime in the higher elevations on the North Carolina side. My camera didn’t get much of a workout, but we had a lovely time traveling and viewing the scenery.
Of course, we made our customary stop for lunch at the Tellico Grains Bakery. In my humble opinion, this place has the best BLT sandwich in the universe. Benton’s smoked bacon is a key ingredient, along with the bakery’s legendary herb flatbread. One of these days, we vow to visit on a Saturday and devour a gourmet, wood-fired pizza.
My little Outback made a slight detour on the trip back home so that we could stock up on some smoked bacon and ham slices from Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Hams. You can check out a previous blog post about this fine Tennessee business HERE. A young man rang up our order, but it was Mr. Allan Benton himself who cheerfully greeted us as we walked in the door and shook our hands to express thanks as we left with our cherished purchases.
Benton Family Cure from Jennifer Davick on Vimeo.
If you want to know what kind of food God will serve in heaven, then you need to place an order and find out!