Trip to the Smoky Mountains

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Yesterday I returned after a week-long trip to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee/North Carolina. This was probably about my 15th trip there in my 30 years of living, but the first since about 1996. Anyhoo, here are some of my better photos.

Here is a view of Mount La Conte as seen from the balcony of the chalet we rented. It was nice to eat breakfast and dinner to such views each day!

On the last night of our trip, a full Moon rose over Mount La Conte.

This is a view from Campbell's Overlook, which is not too far inside the national park where you enter from Gatlinburg.

Here is a view from Newfound Gap. From here, you take a road for seven miles that takes you to Clingmans Dome, which is the highest point in the Smokies at 6,643 feet.

This is inside the Little Greenbriar schoolhouse on the way to Cades Cove. It was a one-room schoolhouse built in 1882 and used until the national park opened in 1934.

The Primitive Baptist Church in Cades Cove.

Deer seen at the Primitive Baptist Church.

A bear that we saw at Cades Cove. We saw five bears on this trip.

Views from Cades Cove. It rained off and on that day, hence the gloomy skies.


A couple of nice creek shots.



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Great photos! My mind reeled thinking about camping there and wrestling the bears! :headbang:


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I went about 8 years ago, its beautiful. People were trying to stop and pet the bears until they got ran off and told they were wild animals lol. Cant wait to go back, looking at your photos made me want to go back even more ;D

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Love the pics, cause I love that place. As many times I've been, never seen any bears. Looks like you had a very enjoyable trip.

:wink: RR


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Great pics...............................Love that place,live about 3 hr. aways and go a couple times a years.



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Nice photos. The picture of that bear reminds me of a little incident in the Smokies the last time I was there. I was in Gatlinburg,Tenn. on vacation a few summers ago. My girlfriend (now wife) and I rented one of those mountain chalets for a week. While she was busy unpacking,I was walking around the outside of the chalet (which is on top of a small mountain in the woods like yours) and I see all these bags of garbage strewn about, maybe 50-75 yards from the house. So stupid me from florida for the last 25 years, i'm wondering why the heck did people drag thier garbage out here for? Little did I know the next night I was about to find out why. Next night, steaks are on the grill, dinner was good.Half hour later me and my better half are sitting in the hot tub relaxing after a good meal. A minute or two after that, the wife and I heard a little commotion in the nearby woods, jokingly I replied "don't worry it's just a momma bear looking for her lost cub" and all of a sudden she has a look of fear in her eyes like i'd never seen."Rob theres a BEAR!", were the next words out of her mouth. I turn around from my seated position in the tub to witness a BIG BLACK BEAR with his nose up in the air sniffing and looking for those steaks that we had just consumed. Okay,the hot tub is on the deck of the chalet approx.15 feet from the car in the driveway.The bear was in between the car and the deck about 10-12 feet from us.Well,let me tell you,you have never seen two people move so fast in your life, we were out of the hot tub and in through the sliding glass door in a 1/2 second flat! The bear wasn't worried about us at all, turns out he's probably the one that had been dragging the garbage out into the woods (duh). I grabbed the video camera to get it on tape, thought I did, turns out in all the excitement I must have hit pause because I didn't get the video. I spent the next 5 nights trying to get that bear on video. Sitting up late listening to them in the woods walking around, to no avail. Scared us do death that night,funny as hell now when I think back to it. H.H.


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I love going through the Smoky Mountains. We also went to the Church and went to Oliver's Cabin as well as some of the cave tours. BEST TIME OF MY LIFE!!! Great Pics, THANX!!!

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