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Happiness is two days in the mountains with Walt and my girls.

Shelby & Chaps in their carseats, ready to hit the road!
 
My grandfather helped build the hiking trails and roads in Cades Cove when he was a teenager working for the Civilian Conservation Corps around 1941.  I grew up visiting the Smoky Mountains at least once a year with both sets of grandparents, so this place is very special to me.
 
One of the many mountain streams

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Chaps loves hiking…

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...and Shelby wants to follow every trail.

 
 
 I always forget how beautiful this place is, even on a cloudy winter day.
 

In the higher elevations, at the Tennessee/North Carolina state line.

 

We drove to Cherokee, NC, which is almost unchanged in 35 years (with the exception of the casino nearby).
 
A small rain blew into the valley, bringing a rainbow!
 

Stormy skies

 
 A new friend gets in a few more bites before the rain starts.
 

Windy!

 
 Taking the back roads…

Cades Cove

 
 
 Stopping to watch every waterfall for a while…

Under one of the stone bridges

 
Rising early for an incredible sunrise…

Gatlinburg, still sleepy

It was an amazing weekend.  And like these two turkeys…

"WE SURVIVED THANKSGIVING!"

 …we had an incredibly peaceful holiday.  For this I am truly thankful!
 
 
 
 
 

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