Saturday, May 5, 2012

Great Smoky Mountains & Quilts

Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg were both disappointing. Too touristy and too crowded. I know it's only May, but we're here on the weekend and so is everyone else. I guess we're gonna have to start paying attention to what day it is. We did shop a bit, which is one of the main things to do here, and I found red cowgirl boots! But as in Branson we decided not to see a show.

The good thing is that you don't have to go far out of town to see the beauty of the area.
This morning we woke to rain tapping on the roof. Our original plan was to leave early, but we adjusted it a bit and left a few hours later. It was still sprinkling as we headed out.   

A little rain on the windsheild.

We were hiking while it's still very damp out.
It was not a good hair day.

An old house in the Cades Cove on the west side of the park.

The clouds lifted and the sun even came out for a while.

A church with a cemetery beside it.

It's so beautiful here.

The mountains are smoky.
Beautiful butterfly.

I think this is his brother or maybe cousin.

Inside this mill we watched a guy grind corn the old way.
They sell the corn mill here and of course I had to buy some.

There were two deer in the tall grass.
We watched them lay down for an afternoon rest.

At the visitor center the lady told us there were bear sightings in this area; that they were in the trees. Ray asked her how we could pet them if they were in the trees. She gave him a look before she realized he was kidding.

We left the park and took another way back to the RV. Going thru some of the local areas we stopped at the craft and antique shops.
At one of the shops there were old quilts. I didn't buy any, but there were several that caught my eye.

I could look at this one for hours.
There's lots of odd things going on here.

I love this one. It said it was made about 100 years ago.
Someday I'm gonna make a scrappy Shoo-fly quilt.

Talk about using up all those little scraps.
(Hey Bonnie, check this one out.)

I can see this one made from the shirt plaids.
The one behind it with the red ties is kinda cute too.

Back at the rv park the ducks were out looking for dinner.

Ray got some duck food and fed them from our door.
Check out the river across the road.

Loved the Smoky Mountains Park, but we're leaving here tomorrow. It's another place on our list to come back to and we found a great little community to stay in next time.

Tomorrow Lookout Mountain near Chatanooga and then on to Orlando. We're gonna be there in time to see Skyler's last baseball games.

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