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Rocky Top Tennessee June 3, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — brittneydezirae @ 10:57 pm
 

Destination: Maryville, Townsend, Great Smokey Mountains, TN 5/31-6/3, 2009

This is the backyard of the home I visit every year in Maryville. Such a peaceful place.

                    This is the backyard of the home I visit every year in Maryville,TN                        

 Every summer for the past 3 years I have made my small voyage to this cozy little town in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee to visit my best friend from Texas, Brittany Hale, and her sweet Grammy and Aunt Suzanne. Though I’ve visited numerous times, I always seem to forget how incredibly majestic and peaceful it is out here. As soon as I exited into Blount county from the interstate Sunday night I could smell the country coming through my car air conditioner. It was about 1:00am and completely dark, but I could tell that the fields around me were full of freshly cut grass and baled hay. After I pulled into park at Grammy’s house (She has now claimed me as her own and even has a picture of me on her TV stand) I just stared at the sky above me for probably a steady 4-5 minutes. It’s shocking how many stars you can see when you leave the city. I was amazed at the fact that stars, as the song says, actually do twinkle when you’re far enough into the country to actually see them.

Monday Brittany and I set out searching for some kind of mountain-esque adventure. Both being from relatively non mountainous terrain we decided that this was definitely a priority on our to do list. We explored some rivers pictured here. 

 

This is a river spill way we saw while driving. We stopped and explored a little bit.

This is a river spill way we saw while driving. We stopped and explored a little bit.

A stream we came across while hiking
 

 We also found this incredible scenic drive called Cade’s Cove where we saw tons of wildlife (including 3 black bears!!).Fun Fact: The Great Smokey Mountain National Park is on of the only free National Parks in the country. Everyone should take advantage of it if you have the chance.

Another view of Cade's Cove drive

Another view of Cade's Cove drive

The tunnel into Cade's Cove
                                                                                                           The tunnel into Cade’s Cove

 

This deer was only a few feet from us. They have no fear up there.Blackbears!!!!Ahhh!!!

       This deer was only a few feet from us.                                 Bears!!! Ahhh!! I think it was a baby…

Near the end of Cade’s Cove drive we found this trail that led to a scenic waterfall called Abram’s Falls. Underestimating the signs use of the adjective “moderate” in describing the trail terrain, we took off on our 5 mile hike. I can’t lie, it was a bit tough and I might hav definitely tripped a few times (and busted it once), but all in all it was totally worth it.

More "moderate" terrain, haha

More "moderate" terrain, haha

Our "moderate" terrain. I fell here...don't judge me.

Our "moderate" terrain. I fell here...don't judge me.

 

The beautiful Abrams Falls

The beautiful Abrams Falls

The warning sign right before reaching Abrams Falls...wow...just wow.

The warning sign right before reaching Abrams Falls...wow...just wow.

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3 Responses to “Rocky Top Tennessee”

  1. Technocrat Says:

    That tunnel shot is awesome… =)

  2. ben benson Says:

    Very beautiful. That sign is hilarious… and scary.

  3. Brittany Hale Says:

    I love yor blogeration of our journey, and your pics look 1,000,000 times better than mine. You know you are welcome to Grammy’s anytime, especially during your unplanned month of september. We will return to Cade’s Cove to camp, bicyle, hike and picnic. I can’t wait to do it again!


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