Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Great Smoky Getaway ~ Part 1

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Newfound Gap, Great Smoky Mountains
It may sound like it, but I am not complaining!   
However, this GSM trip was just a little...off.
It wasn't just the shutdown, 
which was still in effect when we arrived.

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Newfound Gap, Great Smoky Mountains

It wasn't the cloudy, drizzly days or lack of sunshine.
Or that we stayed in Pigeon Forge instead of Gatlinburg this time.
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Gatlinburg bypass overlook

Or lack of fall color...
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Gatlinburg bypass overlook

...because we did see some color.   
I have the photos to prove it!
{Unlike the lack of proof that we saw bears or deer because I was driving, so I wasn't snapping photos. I'm a safety girl...even if I don't always wear a seat belt.  Or, maybe I'm not so safe (but I am admitting nothing!), and it was because I didn't have my camera handy because who would expect three bears to be so near the downtown Gatlinburg Parkway!}
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Newfound Gap, Great Smoky Mountains

Ah..some nice fall color.
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I think it was all those things combined, 
and I just didn't have my mountain bearings.


Since Gatlinburg was very green, and not interesting in a colorful respect, I was a little bummed...until I noticed a colorful yellow hat.   Ole Boy said I should take a picture of her, but I didn't think I could do that for obvious reasons.  Then I noticed she had friends, and I thought to myself that they were the most interesting things I'd seen all day.

One of them noticed I was staring...or noticed I had a camera...and asked if I would snap a picture of them with their cameras.  I did, and asked if I could take one for myself and share it on my blog.  They obliged, and here they are...they were from Canada, and they told me their names...but true to my forgetful nature, I can only remember one name: Margaret.  I wonder why I remember her name so well?!  I believe Margaret is on the right.

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Gatlinburg bypass overlook
     Lovely ladies, they are!

9 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures of The Smokey Mountains! I love visiting! Great pictures of the Fun Girls! I just know they were having a great time!

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    1. I love the mountains, too! Yes, those ladies were having a blast.

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  2. Canadian girls are friendly so glad you enjoyed them. I myself like hats so yes I like the yellow cap also. I do like your pictures of the Smokey Mountains. Thank you for sharing. I like the pink and the other one also hats.

    Have a good night.

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    1. I like hats, too...but no one wears them around here, so I don't either.

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  3. Gorgeous pictures, even if things seemed a bit off. Amazing to have seen 3 bears too. Wise to concentrate on the road though and not try to snap pictures if you are driving. How sweet the ladies let you take their picture and share it here.

    betty

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  4. We stayed right in Gatlinburg this May (Turn off the main street at Bubba Gumps, maybe a 1/4 mile uphill from there.) and there was at least one bear in the parking lot, beating on the dumpster every night! One night the big bear was joined by a cub--who went for a swim in the pool. :o Bill was delighted.

    The doubling of our healthcare premium this year forced us to cancel our September trip down. :(

    When you have time, I'd sure like to see a list of things you see/do down there. We really have only done hiking and are kind of at a loss as to what else to do. Oh. Well, fishing. Bill went fishing.

    Deb

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    1. I'll definitely get you a "Must Do" List... I love that place!!

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  5. looks pretty. i hate driving for that reason...you cant watch the scenery,

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    1. I do a lot of driving, but yeah, you do miss the scenery.

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