On November 6, our second day in the Smokies, we awoke to a dreary day. But, being the late risers and slow movers that we are, the sun was shining by the time we got around and headed into the national park.
We drove the Little River Road, towards Cades Cove. Just past the Laurel Falls parking area, we spotted a black bear in the woods beside the road. Most of the trees had already dropped their leaves, which made spotting the bear much easier than it would have been a couple of weeks earlier.
This picture was taken off the video that we shot of the bear. There just wasn't time to grab my still camera. This bear was traveling.
This area is known as The Sinks.
This is The Sinks, looking back toward where I stood to take the previous photo.
Just a mile down the road from The Sinks is Meigs Falls, easily viewed from the road.
The five-mile side road that leads back to Middle Prong Trail, in the Tremont area, follows this beautiful river.
On the other side of the road is this woods, still dressed in some of its autumn finery.
This is another view of the river.
This is a closer look at the cascade in the previous photo. Doug took this one with the camcorder. We're so pleased with that little investment. It not only records high-definiton video, it takes still shots in six megapixels.