S: Smoky Mountains North Carolina 2012
BC: The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. St. Augustine
FC: North Carolina
1: Cherokee North Carolina What a beautiful view from my hotel room. Quiet and peaceful, waking up to the quacking of ducks and falling asleep to the babbling brook. It was a great way to start and end my day.
2: The Eternal Fire The Eternal Fire was kindled with a flame from a Cherokee Council fire that has been burning in Oklahoma since 1838. The original fire was taken to Oklahoma when the Cherokee Nation was removed west over the infamous "Trail of Tears". In May 1951, four Tribal leaders retraced the trail of heartbreak and brought back live coals for the Oklahoma fire. The Eternal Flame that sites here in Cherokee N.C. was kindled from the century old Oklahoma fire in June of 1951.
4: Oconaluftee Indian Village | Carving masks | Whittling weapons | Yarn weaving | Traders | Basket weaving | Pottery crafting
5: The Council House located in the center of the village was were meetings, business and ceremonies took place. Sweat houses were used for winter homes. A larger sweat house was located in the village center and used by the Medicine Man for those that were sick. | Beading | Sweat House | 18th Century House | The Council House
6: hjkgfThe | Top left: The Traveling Bronze Monument Top Center: Cherokee Indian Jerry Wolf Center: This statue honors Cherokee Indian Sequoyah who invented the Cherokee alphabet. It was sculpted from a single giant California Sequoia.
7: The Bear symbolizes Great Strength. Each one of the bears represents an aspect of Cherokee culture. Top left: Eagle Dancer Bear. Top right: Legends bear. Middle: Patriot Bear. Bottom left: Pottery Bear. Bottom right: Sequoyah Syllabeary,
9: Mingo Falls Bryson North Carolina
10: 1 | GO THIS WAY
11: Our 2 1/2 hour drive to Rich & Jeanie's turned into 4 hours thru Maggie Valley... and we found "liver mush"..yes.. "liver mush".
12: Uncle Rich and Jeanie have a beautiful home in N.C. It was great relaxing and catching up with family.
14: Rough Ridge
15: Great Smoky Mountains
16: On Christmas Eve 1895, George Vanderbilt opened the Biltmore House. In 1898 he married Edith Dresser and in 1900 their daughter Cornelia was born. To increase area tourism during the depression, Cornelia and her husband John Cecil opened the estate to the public in 1930.
17: Biltmore House
18: THe Builtmre Gardens consists Spring, Walled, Rose and trails that will lead to the Bass and South
19: April Showers Bring May Flowers | of 6 gardens: Italian, Shrub, Azalea gardens. There are various Pond, Conservatory, Library Terraces.
21: The Biltmore Gardens were amazing! From cobble stone arches, beautiful hanging gourds to plush bamboo. What a timeless place to lose yourself in thought and reflexion.
24: The Grove Park Inn
25: The Grove Park Inn was the vision of E.W. Grove, a St. Louis entrepreneur. Modeled after the grand railway hotels of the Old West, a crew of 400 men hauled granite boulders hewn from Sunset Mountain and constructed the majestic landmark in less than 12 months which opened in 1913.
26: Deep Creek Trails & Waterfalls
27: What a great hike!! Four miles of pristine wilderness. Left: Tom Branch Falls Right: Indian Creek Falls
28: Always a New Adventure | “Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” ~Helen Keller
29: Gatlinburg was the best! Boe and I had a fabulous time with our friends Chen and Ulysses from Vegas. From shots of moonshine, riding a ski lift & enjoying an outstanding dinner at a hidden restaurant in the mountains. What a great time!
30: Rhonda, Boe and I had a fantastic day taking in the local flavors. From shopping and enjoying an afternoon mimosa. to a wonderful dinner at Curates. We couldn't have asked for a better day!
31: Asheville North Carolina | Asheville North Carolina
32: The Cork & Bean This is by far my favorite café ! Delicious crepes! Boa and I came back here twice!! I just couldn't resist! | Ya' all come back now! Bryson N.C.
33: Silva N.C. | What a quaint little town. Guadalupe's has a Caribbean flair to die for! That was definitely a repeat visit for us!
35: Thank you Harrah's Cherokee for the opportunity to experience North Carolina.. Boe and I came to you to give our assistance with live gaming and you gave to us new friends, Cherokee culture and the beauty of the Smokey Mountains.