When I was told we were going to the Smokies, part of me didn't want to. I had a lot to do! Test to study for, papers to write, jobs to hunt.
But once I got there, I realized how badly I needed it.
Unfortunately, my phone's battery started showing its age, and did not hold a charge very well. Hence, my photo-taking was rather sporadic. Hope you enjoy!
|Some dessert, because I'm a tease.|
|Posters at my local tackle shop.|
|A friend of the family was generous enough to let us stay in her cabin.|
The town is called Maggie Valley, and what a quaint little place it is!
You can see the ski lift on the mountain to the right.
|Dessert on the first night. Ice cream pie!|
|This lovely rose was growing right outside the front door.|
|There are several ways to get around in the Smokies, but this is the most famous.|
|A chair used by President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the commencement of the park.|
|Would've been helpful if the lines were, I dunno, labeled?|
|This is one of many hidden paths Jordan and I found.|
There's always something else to explore!
|Half way up the Allen Cave Trail.|
|The so-called "cave."|
|Joey's Pancake...it was awesome.|
|The Village, a neat little shopping district in Gattlinburg.|
|You don't see these very often!|
While hanging out in Gatlinburg, we decided to take a trip through the Ripley's Aquarium!
|Sand tiger shark.|
|Sawfish swimming over me in the shark exhibit.|
These are critically endangered, almost never seen in the wild.
|Cuttlefish have been a favorite of mine for years!|
|The Cherokee Reservation is located just outside of Maggie Valley.|
As you can see, most of the signs are bilingual.
The Cherokee Nation is one of the few Native tribes that has a written language.
|Jordan and I hiked all along this river until the bank got too steep.|
It's reported that you can catch a lot of trout here!
|This interesting root system was near the waterfall.|
Bad place to get your ankle caught.
|Top of the waterfall, courtesy of another hidden path.|
|Good eye, Jordan! These slugs were nestled comfortably in the crack of a tree branch.|
Regrettably, I don't have any of the good stuff. On our last day of the trip, we braved a dangerous road to Cataloochee Valley and saw lots of elk! I stood within twenty yards of three magnificent bulls, and Jordan caught an bugle conversation on tape!
Once I get those files, I'll upload them here. Until then, you'll have to settle for my boring photos.
|It's like waking up from a dream.|
Goodbye, North Carolina.
|Wait, where are we???|
Power to the pen!