Smoky Mountains 2017 Day 5 – Sunrise and Travel

Most of the last day is taken with the drive home, but we did get up early and go catch sunrise from a new spot.  This time, just after (heading to Tennessee) the Newfound Gap Overlook.  Since we didn’t do much Sunday, I’ll use this post as a wrap up…. Continue reading

Smoky Mountains 2017 Day 4 – Grotto Falls, Laurel Falls, Cade’s Cove

We started early on Saturday and went up to Clingman’s dome for a chilly (as expected) sunrise. After that, we headed over to the Roaring Fork Motor Trail to the Grotto Falls trail head.  It’s a moderate hike and climb at 2.6 miles round trip with 585 ft of elevation. … Continue reading

Smoky Mountains 2015 – Day 4

Smoky Mountains Day 4 itinerary: 6:30 – got to Cades Cove (sunrise) Drove two loops around Cades Cove Started hiking Middle-Prong trail Turned back due to rain Stopped at “The Sinks” Returned to hotel – nap 4:30 – Chimney’s Trail 7:00 – return to trailhead Bear sighting Drove through Gatlinburg… Continue reading

Cable Grist Mill

The historic Cable Grist Mill in Cades Cove.  Took many, many pictures trying to decide just how I wanted the wheel to look.  It wasn’t spinning when we first arrived, but an attendant came and enabled it. Pictures taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 10-22mm lens @ 11mm, 15 sec, f/16,… Continue reading

Cantilevered Barn

These cantilevered barns are an interesting concept to me – apparently allowed storage of hay and such on the second level while allowing a wagon to sit directly underneath.  Maybe it makes sense if you want to keep a wagon load of stuff dry or want to be able to… Continue reading

Cades Cove

We woke up stupidly early to go over Cades Cove and seek out wildlife pictures.  We didn’t see any ‘special’ wildlife (deer and turkey don’t count here) but the entire place was covered in fog, so it was something a little different to photograph. Picture taken with Sony a6000, SEL… Continue reading