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On Top of the Smokies - Day Six

2008.06.12
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Opening with a nice macro shot taken later in the day.
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Morning in Pigeon Forge
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At our first stop on the Parkway
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A pretty stream
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Our enjoyment of which was dampened by this sign, not that we were planning any wading just yet.
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Gatlinburg is Pigeon Forge with more money
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The first cabin built in Gatlinburg has been maintained as an historical site.
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We wanted sandwiches for a picnic and were happy to find Subway open at 9:45 a.m.
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Climbing on the rocks at The Chimney picnic area
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A good activity for youngsters
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Smoky Mountain vista
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Looking down at a switchback road
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Another floral macro
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I didn't expect this atop Clingman's Dome, the highest point in the Smoky Mountains. Perhaps this is where protestors are sent any time the President appears in Tennessee.
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Many of the Fraser firs have fallen victim to an unfortunate insect infestation.
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Can you read Cherokee? Clingman's Dome is a sacred site in the Cherokee culture.
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Vista from Clingman's Dome. I wasn't up to the climb to the observation tower.
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But a lot of people, including Kallie and Erin, were.
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Not wanting to leave the kids in the hot car, we bypassed Harrah's Cherokee Casino
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Native American culture is everywhere in Cherokee, NC, most of which is on a Cherokee Indian reservation.
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Now leaving the reservation
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And reentering the national park
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Another scenic vista on the return trip
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From a site visited by thousands, at least, including Richard on 6/23/82
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Two images combined naturally
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The car behind us blew its horn every time we passed through a tunnel.
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Match Light charcoal and the mother of all matches made a fire a sure thing for our cookout dinner.
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Hamburgers sizzling
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We found a group sliding down a rock into the chilly creek
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This guy had the most fun. We had fun watching.
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We spent most of Thursday in Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
11 Comments
????? beautiful- glad to see your taking lots of photos!~ R
????? · 2008-06-12: 20:04
sendao fantastic-how is your new camera????
sendao · 2008-06-12: 20:46
mojaroo fabulous set some shots are really majestic
mojaroo · 2008-06-12: 21:29
????? beautiful mountains..
????? · 2008-06-12: 21:53
????? Beautiful post !
????? · 2008-06-13: 00:29
ronin53 :):):)
ronin53 · 2008-06-13: 03:27
mystic1 Wow real nice set, looks like your having a good time :)
mystic1 · 2008-06-13: 03:42
jet28 Great outing!
jet28 · 2008-06-13: 05:51
TheCrazyCroat Great pics and a great vacation!
TheCrazyCroat · 2008-06-13: 12:33
LotoFoto Great shots!
Looks like a blast!
LotoFoto · 2008-06-13: 13:04
ScubaLiz Nice shots, looks like a fun vacation!
ScubaLiz · 2008-06-21: 14:28
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Tagged: gatlinburg mountains smokymountains clingmansdome cherokee northcarolina tennessee
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