Sitting on the front porch of a cabin, atop a mountain full of trees. You can hear steak and ribs cooking on the charcoal grill. There's occasional chirp of a nearby bird around the few neighboring cabins. And through the trees, out on the horizon, you'd see mountains. These were the Great Smoky Mountains, and this was a family vacation.
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Anyways, we headed off for a 10 hour drive from Tampa, Florida. Ten hours with only two songs on my playlist and intermittent radio signals. Moments like those I wished I had Amazon music or something. (Yes, it's an affiliate link. Thanks for the support.) After a few gas and food stops, we reached the Newfound Gap. At the Newfound Gap you stand on the border between Tennessee and North Carolina. Here are a few pictures for your enjoyment.
Also, a tip. If you ever go to the mountains, don't take your personal vehicle. Unless you want your breaks and transmission ruined. Take a rental car instead. The streets to reach our cabin were pretty much 45° slopes. Nothing but steep, winding roads.
Driving over 28 miles, at about 30 miles per hour. I was headed to what I thought was a cave. We get there and, well, it was a cove. The Cades Cove. We took the Cades Loop Road, an Auto Tour. There's wildlife, picturesque landscapes, as well as a few historic buildings.
I will leave the rest of the photos at the bottom of the post.
We hiked the Laurel Falls Trail. This was quite a walk for us from the suburbs. Quite a walk to see some water rushing down and away through rocks. But for some reason, It's quite satisfying. The water, the trees, the rocks, the birds.
I have to admit, i look good in some of them photos.
Enough of me now, here's a few photo highlights from the Great Smokey Mountains.
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