We spent most of Thursday in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Opening with a nice macro shot taken later in the day. Morning in Pigeon Forge At our first stop on the Parkway A pretty stream Our enjoyment of which was dampened by this sign, not that we were planning any wading just yet. Gatlinburg is Pigeon Forge with more money The first cabin built in Gatlinburg has been maintained as an historical site. We wanted sandwiches for a picnic and were happy to find Subway open at 9:45 a.m. Climbing on the rocks at The Chimney picnic area A good activity for youngsters Smoky Mountain vista Looking down at a switchback road Another floral macro 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. Many of the Fraser firs have fallen victim to an unfortunate insect infestation. Can you read Cherokee? Clingman's Dome is a sacred site in the Cherokee culture. Vista from Clingman's Dome. I wasn't up to the climb to the observation tower. But a lot of people, including Kallie and Erin, were. Not wanting to leave the kids in the hot car, we bypassed Harrah's Cherokee Casino Native American culture is everywhere in Cherokee, NC, most of which is on a Cherokee Indian reservation. Now leaving the reservation And reentering the national park Another scenic vista on the return trip From a site visited by thousands, at least, including Richard on 6/23/82 Two images combined naturally The car behind us blew its horn every time we passed through a tunnel. Match Light charcoal and the mother of all matches made a fire a sure thing for our cookout dinner. Hamburgers sizzling We found a group sliding down a rock into the chilly creek This guy had the most fun. We had fun watching.