As we checked in and got directions to our mountain cabin, we were told we might encounter bears on the property.
Don’t feed them, we were warned.
OK, we said. Got it.
Not long after completing a nine-hour road trip from Chicago, we followed a winding road to an area just west of downtown Gatlinburg, Tenn., the gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The cabin was perched next to a steep, heavily forested slope that had been spared by the devastating 2016 fires. While my wife and I lugged our bags into our rustic vacation home, our three young kids excitedly explored the bedrooms, pool table and hot tub.