Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Vacation Day 6

Today we spent the whole day in the Smokey Mountains.  It was so beautiful!  We took over 50 pictures, but don't worry, I won't be posting many.  We headed out this morning toward the mountains and took some great "through the car window" pictures.




Our first stop was Newfound Gap which also joined with the Appalachian Trail.



We decided not to walk to Maine but...


Nonnie and Papa wanted to try but couldn't make it so we turned around :)


Kristin straddling the state lines.  She wasn't exactly sure where she was at this point.
Next stop, Clingmans Dome


This is the view from the highest peak in the Smokeys.  It is 6643 feet.


The brochure said, "Clingmans Dome is reached by a strenuous half mile walk from the parking area." That is an understatement!  Nonnie and Papa decided to wait "for us all to roll down".  They're so kind! They never even offered to catch us!


Then Emily and Kristin took a trail ride while the rest of us watched a movie at the visitor's center.  It had great scenery and the girl's had a great ride.  (Although they might be just a little sore...)


Last stop of the day was Laurel Falls.  This was a 1.3 mile one way hike so a total of 2.6 miles of hiking with two people who have "short leg syndrome".   Yes,  Nonnie and Papa decided to go have a leisurely dinner while we did this, but I actually meant James and Helena.  (They ended up getting carried quite a bit.)


I know this is the world's worst picture, but those little black spots are two of the four black bear cubs we saw on the trail along with their mother.  It was really fun to watch them...from a distance.


All at the falls.


Another of those rare mom and dad shots.
We'll all sleep well tonight!




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