The mountains are definitely my happy place. So peaceful, so beautiful...so NOT 100 + degrees! Our family vacation/reunion to the Great Smoky Mountains was just what I needed to revive my soul and re-energize my spirit.
My favorite place was Cade's Cove. I want to live there. Words simply cannot express how beautiful it was, nestled there in the Smoky Mtns, and my pictures do not do this place justice. Please click on the pictures to get the full shot.
Its a popular place to visit (we went twice despite the hour long drive to get there), with an 11 mile loop that goes through the cove that you can bike, drive, or walk. Its popular mostly because you are almost guaranteed to see wildlife...bears, deer, turkey, snakes, horses...and lots of bugs...some gorgeous butterflies, some scary stinging insects. We saw SEVERAL bears, in trees, and crossing the street, mamas and babies too.
It was surreal. Did I mention I want to live there?
Ok, I know I can't.
For 1 reason, its a national park and they kind of frown upon that, and for another, those daddy long leg spider things were EVERYWHERE! They give me the heeby-jeebies and had me running and jumping and acting a fool 50% of the time, and that's just no way to live!
There were also lots of historic homes and a couple churches to walk to and through, I only took pictures of a few. It was so fascinating, and a little creepy, to be in a home that pioneers lived in sooooo long ago and imagine their lives.
We visited several trails in the rest of the Smoky Mtn National Park...here's a couple shots from those trips. Cades Cove was by far my favorite though.
Just looking back through these pictures is like a breath of fresh air. My little escape from the pressure and pulls of daily life. It was so nice to be able to pause, to unplug, to connect with God and His beautiful creation. Can I go back now? ;o)