75 Years of the Appalachian Trail
It was 75 years ago this week, in August of 1937, that the 2,180-mile-long Appalachian Trail was first completed (work had begun 14 years earlier, in 1923, by NY-NJ Trail Conference volunteers at Bear Mountain in New York). If you are on the East Coast and haven’t been on the Appalachian Trail recently, or ever for that matter, I would definitely recommend finding a section near you to explore! This photo was taken near the 6,643-foot Clingman’s Dome summit in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is actually the highest point along the entire trail.
Thick Tennessee Fog
I’m pretty sure I’ve had more than a couple similar photos on here before, but the foggy Smokies in Tennessee still look pretty cool on a less-than-clear day. This view was outside our cabin in the woods one afternoon after a day of on and off rain, and watching the low fog crawl over the nearby hills had a fairly calming effect.
Grist Mill Power Source
This water is not actively powering the grist mill in the distance, but back in the 1870s, this flowing water helped the people of Cades Cove in Tennessee make a life for themselves. This Smoky Mountain water allowed farmers to turn grain into flour and ground meal, and while today it serves more as a repository of pennies thrown by visitors, it is still a great reminder of farm life in the late 19th century.
Smoky Mountain Sunrise
After a wet and dreary day here in New Jersey, I thought I would post a sunny sunrise photo from our trip a few years ago to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee (and North Carolina…they shouldn’t be excluded!). This was unfortunately the only sunrise we saw on our trip…as the following days were largely overcast and/or rainy, but we still had a great time in the Smokies.
Mildly Smoky Mountains
The Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee/North Carolina are known for scenes like the one above, where blankets of fog and low-lying clouds crawl across the mountains. This smoky appearance occurs as humid air comes up from the Gulf of Mexico and then rapidly cools as the air reaches the higher elevations in the mountains. While I certainly enjoy blue-sky kinds of days, I still liked these mildly smoky days in Tennessee as well!
11 – 11 – 11
If only I had started this photo blog 19 days earlier back in 2008, I would have been able to post Photo #1111 today, November 11th, ’11…of course, I had no idea at the time that I might still be posting daily photos nearly 3 years later!
But to celebrate the fun of 11-11-11, here is a unique barn from down in Tennessee that has a bunch of 11’s (or 1’s, 111’s, or even 11,111,111,111,111,111) making up the open slits in the barn’s front sliding door.
Welcome to Dollywood!!
With more than 2.5 million guests annually, Dollywood has grown to be one of the most popular destinations to visit in the Smokies of Tennessee. We certainly enjoyed our day there as we rode some cool coasters, ate some delicious treats, saw some nice shows, and checked out many other parts of the theme park.
Anyone want to take a roadtrip down to Tennessee??!