The End of the Vacation

September 29, 2010

Table Rock proved to be the best campground because for the last 2 days we had not been able to shower.  Sponge baths were getting old and we were very glad to take a nice warm shower before going to bed.

Wednesday we drove through the mountains of upstate South Carolina.  It is such a beautiful state and the roads are well maintained and clean.

It was nice to get out of the twisty roads of North Carolina and Read the rest of this entry »


Table Rock (vacation part 5)

September 27, 2010

After a good night of sleep in Deep Creek, NC we headed down the mountains.  We have visited North Carolina many times and one thing that seems to be consistent in all of the western part of the state is that they love twisting, winding, mountain roads.  They don’t have any issues with people using their cell phones while driving because it is impossible to take a hand off the steering wheel or your eyes off the road long enough to push the buttons.

These signs are everywhere.

And the road look like Read the rest of this entry »

Deep Creek (vacationpart 4)

September 22, 2010

Our second night of camping was in the Great Smokey Mountain Nation Park on the North Carolina side in a campground called Deep Creek.

The road to this campground is a winding road down the mountain to Bryson City and then into the park.  Once you pass through the city the road is lined with little shops like this, as well as, roadside stands that sell everything from ice to firewood.

It is a lovely drive into Deep Creek as you pass by waterfalls… Read the rest of this entry »

Crossing Over the Mountains (vacation part 3)

September 20, 2010

Our first day of exploring in the Smokies was beautiful.  This was our first view of the mountains.

There is only one road that crosses from the Tennessee side of the Mountains to the North Carolina side, and it is truly a twisty curvy road.  Lots of  90 degree turns and it is only a 2 lane road.

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Elkmont in the Smokies (vacation part 2)

September 15, 2010

It has been 30 years since I last went camping so I’m not really a novice at this – but I’ve forgotten alot in that period of time.

One thing we never had to be concerned about in our previous camping experiences were bears.  When our son was young and we went camping it would be in Arkansas or Louisiana-not many bears in those areas.  However, when we started doing research for our Smokey Mountain adventure we discovered that almost every page of every website on camping warns you of black bear activity in the area.  It took a lot of prayer on my part before I was willing to consider going camping with bears.

When we arrived at Elmont (a campground in the Smokey Mountain National Park) Read the rest of this entry »

Vacation (part 1)

September 13, 2010

If there was ever any doubt that my Husband and I are NUTS it’s our decision to going camping. I first must confess that my idea of roughin’ it is staying at a hotel with no room service. That being said, our recent trip to the Smokey Mountains was a great success.

Early Saturday morning we left home with the car stuffed to the gills with various pieces of equipment setting out on our newest adventure – for 10 hours we traveled to reach our first destination – Knoxville, TN.

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September 9, 2010

We went riding down some state highways a few weeks ago and I was hoping to find some interesting churches to photograph.  I had forgotten the weather.

It has been extremely hot and muggy down here recently and the highways we were driving on are in the bayou country-even more muggy conditions.

We came across this absolutely lovely church in south Louisiana. 

It took 3 photos before Read the rest of this entry »