S: Great Smoky Mountains Vacation 2011
BC: Created by Becky
FC: Great Smoky Mountains Vacation | October 22nd-29th 2011
1: First day in the Mountains: Walking along the Rainbow Falls Trail
3: Views along Roaring Fork and Rainbow Falls Trail
4: Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
5: Entering Cataloochee
6: Overlooking Cataloochee Valley...freezing cold!
7: Sign entering Cataloochee and turkeys crossing the road as we enter the valley
8: As we turned the corner to head into the park we ran into this big guy on the side of the road!!
9: Twenty-five elk were released into the National Park in 2001. Another two dozen elk were released in 2002. It is the first time Elk have roamed the Smokies in at least 150 years. These elk were spotted coming into Cataloochee in one of the open fields.
11: This young elk walked right in front of our car. On the Left: A field full of Elk grazing in the morning
13: Turning the corner to head to the second open field. One of many old barns and buildings on the grounds.
15: Left: Another field full of Elk. Below: The one big guy out in the field
16: Grazing elk in the valley. Will with the big guy behind him, he was watching our every move.
17: The big guy!
20: We decided to get pictures taken with the Elk behind us.. | They were a little close and kept getting closer so we had to hurry!
21: The elk eating as the smoke in the valley was rolling out and the sun was coming over the mountains. It was freezing outside but beautiful!
22: A young female walking around right next to our car | Left and Below: A young male heading back into the woods | Left: A young baby elk, it still had some spots on it
23: Two males out in the field getting ready to fight | A female heading across the road | Elks in the mist
24: A Huge Male keeping an eye on things
27: The large guy in the field, look at the antlers on him!!
28: He walked right past our car and into the woods, then we heard him calling to the others. Not much longer after he left the rest of the elk vanished into the woods too
29: The males way out in the field head butting each other. | The little female on the left we called Mugsie because she seemed a little confused and was all by herself
30: Hiram Caldwell and his family lived in this house that was completed in 1906
31: Beech Grove School in Cataloochee. The only school of the three that were here that remains. Built in 1901
32: Palmer Chapel Methodist Church built in 1898. Each year a reunion is held here for the friends and family to return to clean the cemeteries, attend services and have dinner on the grounds.
35: Will Messer's barn build between 1900-1905 and restored in 1977. | Right: This is why you don't use GPS in Cataloochee!
36: Views along the foothills parkway on the way back from Cataloochee
37: Traveling through Cades Cove
38: Views of the mountains in Cades Cove
39: Deer in Cades Cove
40: Driving through Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Hiking Rainbow Falls Trail
43: Hiking Along Rainbow Falls Trail, 2.6 miles one way. We crossed many footbridges (left) over smaller falls until reaching the largest fall.
44: We finally made it to the top, it was a long hike up!!
47: Rainbow Falls
49: Hoping the hike down is not as hard as the hike up was!
50: Hiking back down the trail another 2.6 miles
51: Continuing along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, this is the cabin at Jim Bales Place | The Roaring Fork community was settled about 160 years ago by people in search of new ground to farm. About two dozen families lived here until the National Park was established and they had to leave.
52: Places to see and go in the area
53: Downtown Gatlinburg: Ole Smoky Distillery and the marble ball outside of Ripley's Believe It or Not
54: This guy scared us one night when we heard a banging noise outside. He tipped over the trashcan and took the trashbag to the corner and decided to chow down on our garbage.
56: 7:30 A.M...ready to go looking for Bears in Cades Cove | People were lined up to get into the park early in the morning
58: The sun was rising over the mountains and clouds were rolling into Cades Cove
59: A beautiful tree in a beautiful place
60: And there he was..... | way up in the tree... | the bear we had been looking for! He was eating all of the acorns out of the tree. The park rangers told us he had been abandoned by his mother.
62: Last day of vacation, heading into the park and up to Clingmans Dome
63: It was very rainy and very cold!! We were two of maybe six people that were walking up to the top | Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Smokys and third highest East of the Mississippi 6,643 feet
64: The fog was so thick you couldn't see a thing! | Hikers that are on the AT usually stop here for the views, a few hikers were in the store trying to get warm and dry on this day!
65: We hiked the entire width of the Appalachian Trail!!
66: Views along Clingmans Dome and coming back down the mountains
68: Driving back down the mountain, amazing colors everywhere
69: Last day family photos