The Smokies.

I'm sorry it's taken me about a week to talk with you about our vacation to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, which was amazing. (But you already knew that if you've 'liked' us on Facebook.) We've never been to eastern Tennessee, nor to the Smoky Mountain range, so the experience was totally new, and totally awesome.

Of course, of all the things we did, one of out favorites was hiking the park, which we did a lot.

Several of the trails had these narrow foot bridges.

I was a bit anxious crossing them, but usually the view was breathtaking.

We also saw several historic, preserved homesteads. It was amazing to see how families lived in the late 1800s to early 1900s. It's even more amazing to think that many of these homes are the same age or newer than our home.

We also took in some of the scenic drives.

One day we rented a 1987 Jeep Wrangler for an afternoon to see Cade's Cove. 

The dogs enjoyed the park and the scenery too.

Clearly, exploring the historic homesteads was one of my favorite parts of the trip.

I mean, seriously, all of the foundations looked like this. How cool!

The views were amazing.

The hike the Clingman's Dome, one of the park's highest points, was exhausting but so worth it.

The clouds were so close we felt like we could touch them.

No vacation would have been complete without some R&R at the campground, with a burger on the grill and a drink at hand.

One night while we were relaxing at the campground, a baby Copperhead snake made it's way to our site and bit Manny on the nose. Luckily we happened to be camping near a man from Illinois who worked as a - get this - snake handler. He said that because the Copperhead was a baby, it was likely that it's venom was not very powerful. We were so, so thankful that Manny only had some swelling on his nose, nothing more. WHEW!

After our trip to the Smokies, I rode back to Arkansas with John (because my car was parked at his campground there anyway) and stayed for a few more days before heading back to Iowa for a few weeks.

It will be a few more weeks, close to a month, until I go back to Arkansas to spend some time with John. We were lucky to have an awesome vacation together.

Do you have any travel or vacation plans this summer? Tell us about them!


  1. Having grown up on the west side of Tennessee (Mississippi delta region), it was always a treat to venture over to eastern Tennessee and enjoy the Smokies. Your pictures brought back some great memories of camping in Cades Cove, hiking some of the Appalachian Trail and seeing seven states from Clingmans Dome. Thanks for the photos...glad Manny survived the encounter with the copperhead!

  2. I'm glad you had such an amazing vacation trip. Your trip looks so relaxing and beautiful. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick


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