Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Great Smoky Mountains Part I

We woke up to a beautiful sunny morning and struck out on our next adventure!  This is the day we had been waiting on.  The day to go hiking in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
Our first stop was Sugarlands Visitor Center.
We toured the museum and picked up a map then began the journey up the mountain, through the woods and around some VERY sharp curves.  I was hanging on to my door handle and holding my breath for much of the drive but loved every minute of it.
Claire's biggest fear...Skunks!  The one animal we hoped NOT to see on our hike.
Silly boy!
Why did the turkey cross the road?...To get to the other side.
Enjoying the view.
We really wanted to experience a waterfall and decided on this "easy" trail.  It was 1.3 miles up to the falls and 1.3 miles back down.  I'm not sure who labeled this trail "easy" but I was huffing and puffing on the way up.  Coming down was much easier! 
We finally reached our destination and the journey was worth the reward!  We found a beautiful waterfall and marveled at God's handiwork!
After successfully descending the mountain, we piled back into the car to continue our journey to Cade's Cove.
Canadian geese resting in the sun.
We stopped at the entrance to Cade's Cove to have a picnic lunch.
Male turkey strutting for the female.
One of the many churches we saw on our way to the Cove.
"I raise my eyes toward the mountains, Where will my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth."  Psalm 121
Look what we found!
This black bear was grazing in the woods.  We were so excited to finally see a bear!
Stay tuned for Great Smoky Mountains Part II

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