This is a picture heavy post (and it will probably bore you), but I think that the Great Smoky Mountains are quite possibly the most beautiful place God created on this earth. We try to make an annual pilgrimage because it’s only a 6 hour drive for us, and it’s one of our favorite places.
This is at Clingman’s Dome, the highest peak in the Smokies. Absolutely breathtaking view!
And because it’s so high up, it’s cold up there year round. We’ve been before in July and had to wear our jackets. It’s quite a novelty to those of us who are steeped in humidity most days of the year.
Daniel was enamored with the ice!
Check out that beyond blue sky. Gorgeous!
This was the view from the front porch of the little cabin where we stayed. We loved it there.
There is so much history in these mountains. This is a little one-room school house tucked away high on the side of a mountain. I wouldn’t have wanted to walk to school in the winter if I had attended there. I read that some children traveled as far as 9 miles to get to this school.
And before you freak out, let me assure you that we do not allow our children to ride in the back of the truck on an open road. This was the driveway that took us to our little cabin.
Sara Lynn was so happy when her Daddy stopped to pick her flowers. I can’t help but smile, too!
It was such a nice trip in the midst of a busy season for us. It’s essential to take a retreat every once in a while, IMHO.
This is a shot of Daniel on our cabin’s little porch – complete with rockers, a swing, and a hot tub. Sigh…
Cade’s Cove is one place you must visit if you ever make it to the Smokies. So much history!
All of these last photos were taken in Cade’s Cove. It’s so much fun imagining what life would have been like for the people who lived there 100 years ago. I hope you get the chance to visit the Smokies at least once in your life!