Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Smoky Mountain High

So, I've been off the blogging map for a few days.  The chiclets and I had a long weekend and we, as a family unit, decided to head east to the Smoky Mountain National Park for the weekend.  In all of my travels, this is one place I had not yet visited. 

Here we have Secret Agent Man.  The proverbial Cruise Director of this trip.  You can tell just how serious he is about this endeavor. 


Gorgeous views people....just driving down the road. 


We did some hiking inside the park.  Here are the chiclets crossing a bridge made from a single log.  Who thought that was a good idea? 


Some people in the family just don't have the stamina to keep up....good thing there is a big brother handy. 


The views......


were just.....

stunning. 

We also mixed in a little shopping while we were there.  I didn't think I was going to make it out of the Smoky Mountain Knife Works alive....or with my wallet intact.  

But, as Dorothy says, there is no place like home. 

40 comments:

  1. Thanks for taking us along. You are so right about the views!

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  2. Wow. Nice trip. Beautiful views. Would love to visit there. Glad you all had a fun and safe trip.

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  3. Love the Smokies...thanks for reminding me how beautiful they are!

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  4. I absolutely love the Smoky Mountains. Your last two shots are gorgeous!

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  5. I sure can see how the Smoky Mountains got there name. What a neat place to hike and take photos.

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  6. I bet it was crowded this time of year! We went a few summers ago before the boys were born. It's so pretty.

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  7. Those are beautiful views..Isn't blogging wonderful, we can travel all around with our friends and not even leave our seat! - Knife Works, hmmm..my wallet would be empty for sure! xo

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  8. OMG -- my husband loves the SMKW show on TV -- to actually shop in the store... pure nirvana. ;)

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  9. Nice articles. I'm just blogwalking and very happy to stop here. And also give you some comment here.

    Dont forget to give us some your comment into my blog too.

    Thanks for share,
    * Rio Prasetyo *

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  10. We took a ride through the Smoky Mountain National Park once and I was spell bound by their beauty! We stopped at Cherokee, NC, and my children, who were young at the time< realy enjoyed the Native American Village exhibit.

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  11. I am quite lazy, but I would always like to do something like this!

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  12. That's so neat that you all took the time to take off and spend some family time together in such a beautiful spot. Did you get a knife? I'd love to see it!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  13. How fun....what a great trip!
    Beautiful!!

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  14. The Smokeys are beautiful and you went at the perfect time of the year. I haven't been in years, maybe next year.

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  15. What a a beautiful trip! Thanks for taking us along, your photos are gorgeous. The log bridge is so neat too, glad no one went for an unexpected swim while crossing it :)

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  16. Teresa - My son did buy a knife, of course! It was just too tempting! lol

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  17. Glad you made the trip, agree as it is indeed stunning views !

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  18. That certainly looked like a great place to spend the day.

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  19. It is beautiful there, isn't it? Here you are again, making family memories for those kids of yours. They will have so much memory material when they are older . . .

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  20. Smokey Mountain Knife Works...I'm jealous. I've been there once. Beautiful - fun packed day you had indeed

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  21. Those are AMAZING views for sure. Lucky!

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  22. Wow-those views are beautiful! I love outdoor activities... too bad my kids are too little! :)

    Great blog, btw.

    xoxo
    Jasmine

    http://adamalexmommy.blogspot.com

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  23. I love the Smoky Mountains! Stunning and so happy you got some family down time.

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  24. Wonderful pictures...it looks like a great place to visit! One of many parts of the country I'd like to travel to!

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  25. Gorgeous pictures-I bet y'all had a good time.

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  26. Your husband probably doesn't remember this, but when we read "A Wrinkle in Time" in the sixth grade, we did a big research project about the Smokies as a companion piece. I remember writing to the Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce to get brochures for the final portfolio. Glad that you finally got to see it! I have never visited the park proper, although I have driven through it many, many times.

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  27. So beautiful! And your husband is so serious about the 'mission' ahead!

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  28. Visited the Smokies in '75. What a trip... what morning views from our tent. You took me back.

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  29. Wonderful family outing with great views and hikes... Very nice.

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  30. Its wonderful to get away, and its fabulous to come home too. The Great Smoky Mountains are stunning, a place that should be on everyone's bucket list of places to experience.

    Looks like you had a wonderful family vacation.

    Thanks for sharing the journey with us.

    Velva

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  31. A great area to visit this time of year. Have you been to the Tamarack rest area on I-77 in W.Va.? It's probably smaller than your store, but they have lots of stuff produced by W.Va. natives--knives, CDs, ceramics, quilts. I'm no expert, but it looks good to me. It was there I lucked onto the bluegrass group, Black Diamond.

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  32. absolutely one of my favorite places to go. thanks for sharing.

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  33. what fun...I need a long weekend getaway...

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  34. Amazing scenes. I can almost feel the fresh air. I never expected those kind of display scenes in the knife shop .... glad you managed to get out intact !

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  35. ohhh, I love the Smokies! We used to ride the motorcycles down for a week every year for a summer vacation. Never been in the fall but it looks just as gorgeous!

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