Monday, January 16, 2012
I love Cades Cove during all seasons ---and one of these days, I need to share different photos from each season for you in one blog post... BUT--today, I'll share some WINTER photos taken by us in December, 2011.
The picture above shows the John Oliver cabin in the distance ---along with the mountains in winter AND the beautiful blue sky. Wouldn't you love to have a cabin like this in the mountains somewhere???? I'd LOVE it!!!!!
Be sure to click on the pictures to enlarge them!!!!
Have a wonderful day.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Have a wonderful day!!!!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
On May 23, 2011, George and I took a day-trip to the Smokies. We went through Cades Cove and then rode across Parson's Branch Road. You probably remember my June blogs talking about our 'crazy' trip on that rough road. IF you missed any of those posts, you can go to my sidebar, scroll down to labels and click on CADES COVE 2011.
Today, I will show you another cabin we visited that day near the Cades Cove Loop Road --entitled the Henry Whitehead Cabin... Above is a picture of the cabin, found in the Chestnut Flats area of Cades Cove. Below are more.
Note the brick chimney in the 'newer' cabin. That brick chimney was unheard of in this area at the time. This structure might be called the ultimate log cabin, or sometimes called a 'transition house' due to its near-perfect construction from logs sawed straight and flat at a nearby mill. Soon the mill-sawed lumber would replace log cabins with frame construction. By the way though, this is the only cabin built like this still standing today in the Smokies.
SO---what about the little cabin in back, you ask??????? Well---when Aunt Tildy's first husband left her (shame on him)---her brothers quickly built this cabin for Tildy to live in. . I love seeing the old stone-rubble chimney. Miss Tildy lived in that little cabin until Henry courted and married her----and then built her Smoky Mountain Dream Home!!!
By the way, some trivia for you (which I'm sure you want to know): Aunt Tildy's son from her FIRST marriage became one of the prominent producers of moonshine in Cades Cove during the Prohibition.... (Just knew you wanted to know that!!!!)
Have a great day, and mark your calendars now: Don't miss my blog on Friday this week... It's a favorite of mine....
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Today, I'll share that beauty with you. We saw three new waterfalls along Parson Branch Road. The picture above shows the first of these waterfalls. Note that the road crossed right OVER it. We had several 'water crossings' like this one...
We drove over the creek/waterfall, then stopped and walked back to get some pictures... I didn't try to walk back across the water--but George did (of course). He managed to get his feet wet --but that didn't stop him!!!!! Afterall, this was a new waterfall for us... ha....
Have a wonderful day!!!! And don't be afraid to go to places like this... I promise you that I'd go back again in a heartbeat... It is truly a marvelous area of the Smokies.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
To see a Smokies map (showing Parson Branch Road) click HERE. Look at the west side of the Smokies (on left) --and find Cades Cove. Just follow my directions and you'll see Parson Branch Road.
George and I had never gone on Parson Branch Road before ---so this was a new experience for us (which we had on Monday, May 23, 2011). To say that we didn't know what we were getting into is a true statement... There was mud and potholes and sludge everywhere.. The rangers had put down more gravel in spots---but even that didn't stop us from skidding in at least one spot. NEAL would love this road ---but GINNY and SANDRA would NOT--and would be "BWAKKING" the entire time!!!!! ha ha
I have another set of pictures to share sometime. We saw FOUR new waterfalls on this trip!!!!! Yeah!!!! My advice: don't go on this road unless you have a Prius and George as your driver!!!!!! ha ha... (We LOVED it!!!)
Have a wonderful June 1st. It's hotter than hades here now.... What's up with that? GADS!