Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Great Smoky Mountains

Once we were settled into our new surroundings, it was time to get out and explore.  First stop...the Great Smoky Mountains.

After getting off to a rough start and going a half an hour out of the way, Left Brain took the map away from me (always a smart choice) and turned us around to go the right way.  I think it's sweet that after thirty years together, he still believes I might actually learn to read a map someday.

It was a pretty day for our drive and our first major city to see was Pigeon Forge.  This appeared to be a case of Branson meets Wisconsin Dells.  Nice stuff, fun area for kids and the like, but too commercial for our tastes, so we continued on through.

It was a pleasant trek up the mountain, even with the construction going on.  We went through several tunnels on the way.

The colors are just starting to turn and I can imagine by mid October they will be luscious.

The view at the top was sweet, with the majesty of the mountains and the cloud formations surrounding them.

Long Live the Queen


  1. These are absolutely beautiful pictures. I was afraid that Pigeon Forge would be very commercial since Dollywood is there. Have you been to Hurricane Mills? It is in NW TN. and is Loretta Lynn's hometown. I would love to see her property; it's haunted.
    The trees here are beginning to lighten, and light leaves are starting to fall. Stella will be on the road with Bill late October/early November. She will get to see a lot of the country then, too. Stay safe!

  2. I see you are ahead of us by a week with fall color. We saw some nice color in the Twin Cities yesterday but were a bit too early for the colorful river drive. It was a gorgeous day for a ride tho'.

  3. Oh my, what gorgeous photos! The mountains make for some beautiful scenery. I'm glad to see that you are enjoying the trees' color changing. I don't think we are going to have much of a color show this year. The trees in my yard are still green.

    The weather this week in the East isn't so hot, so do be safe. Have a fabulous weekend, hugs, Edna B.