Good Morning!

I owe everyone an explanation about why I have been somewhat silent this past week. Last Monday, my husband and I left for a trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Gatlinburg is an amazing place. There is something for everyone. If you like the hustle and bustle of the city, downtown Gatlinburg is for you. Traffic is backed up for blocks and blocks. Although once you are able to park your car, you can walk to most places or take the trolley. There are shows, exhibits and foods of all kinds. This week, there was a craft fair being held in the convention center.

If being out in nature is more of your thing, you can’t find a better location. From anywhere in town, you can see the Smokey Mountains. By driving out of town just a short distance, you can not only see spectacular views of the mountains, but also waterfalls, wildlife, if you are lucky, and wooden bridges. One of the main things I wanted to do there was to see a black bear in the wild. I will tell you about it in a future post, but unfortunately, I didn’t get to see one.

First, I have to explain the traffic. It isn’t always like this, but October is the peak tourist season. People flock to this location to see the leaves changing color for Autumn. Even though we saw some beautiful colors, we were not there for the main leaf changes . The changes were just beginning. There were more yellows, and even some of the leaves have started to drop. This year, there has been a drought, and the weather has been much warmer than usual. It is quite possible that a cold front will blow through and many of the leaves will fall off the trees. This would shorten the season of color. However, presently, the red leaves are just starting to turn.

In the upcoming week, I will post articles about this trip. I tried to keep up with moderating my blog and comments on my phone, although I can’t really do that very well. So please forgive me if I missed anyone. I had to delete all the emails I got because I had so many I would never have caught up with them. I should be back for a while now and will try to do better with keeping up with everything. Thanks for your patience.

Please understand that many of my pictures were taken through the car windows. Sometimes there were just not places to pull off the road to take pictures. But I did take some from the locations we stopped to see the sights.

Have a wonderful day!

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