We are spending a few days at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. We purposely delayed coming until the fall colors were past their peak, partly to avoid the crowds that are here during peak color season and partly because hotel rates drop dramatically after that. We love the Smokies, though, and find them beautiful at every season and in every weather situation.
We were surprised to hear from another couple from home who happened to be here at the same time. Terry and Diane had learned from mutual friends that their visit to the Smokies would overlap ours. So they called us Monday morning. We met for breakfast and spent the day together.
Then, today, we spent several hours together before Terry and Diane started for home about mid-afternoon.
The fall colors are past their peak here in the Smokies, but what's left is beautiful.
|View from Campbell Overlook|
|A couple of Cherokee Indian dancers in Cherokee, NC|
|A fisherman in one of the many rivers in the Smoky Mountains|
|A tree on Meigs Creek Trail|
|Meigs Creek at the Sinks|
|Cascade along Middle Prong Trail|
|Fall Color at Gatlinburg Overlook|
|Along Little River Trail|
|There were a number of vacation homes in the Elkmont area of the national park until 1992, when the National Park Service ended the leases held by the owners. This is one of those homes, now in an advanced stage of disrepair. I just thought this stone fence and path leading to the house in the background was worthy of a photo.|