Smoky Mountains October 2013

24th October 2013
We arrived in Townsend, Tn. on Monday, October 14th with the park closed because of the government shutdown. We spent the afternoon visiting the Little River Railroad museum and the Heritage Center in Townsend. On Tuesday morning we had our usual breakfast at the Carriage House restaurant and then headed to Cherokee, NC and traveled on the Blue Ridge Parkway to view the fall colors. They were awesome. We went just a little past Waterrock Knob. We arrived back in Cherokee just in time to see the elk come into the field at the Mountain Farm Museum.

When we got back to our motel we found out Cades Cove would be opening Wednesday morning. Good news !!!!! We spent most of Wednesday in the cove, saw big bucks, and seven bear total for the trip. Drove to Roaring Fork and the Emert's Covered Bridge Wednesday afternoon. Rain showers for Thursday, but we were fortunate to be able to travel between showers, to the cove first then back to Cherokee to visit the Lufty Baptist Church and see the elk again. Enjoyed the beautiful pull offs along Newfound Gap. Spent Friday and Saturday morning in Cades Cove and then headed home. It's always sad for me to leave the mountains but it was a very good vacation. Lots of wildlife and nature pics. Busy making them available for purchase on our Fine Art America Artist website.
Can't wait till next year!