We had been checking the radar for a couple of days ---and knew that there was a chance of RAIN every single day of our trip. We had several options of which way to travel to get to the state park... SO---since the radar didn't look as 'bad' (rain-wise) if we went southeast to get there, we decided to go that way.
AND--did we ever get lucky!!!!!! We didn't have much rain at all while in the Cherokee National Park area. The rain was all around us --but all we got were a few sprinkles and a couple of quick downpours while we were in the car. While hiking, we had NO rain at all. Thanks be to God. We had a marvelous time.
Today, I'll share some pictures from that first day of our short trip hiking to BENTON FALLS!!!! Be sure to click on them for enlargements. The top picture is US at Benton Falls.
I do want to share one story with you today --so I hope you have time to read this one. George and I always meet such nice people on the trails when we hike. On this particular day, as we were hiking back to our car after viewing the falls, we met a family of 4-5 people on the trail. Of course, we talked to them --and during that conversation, I noticed that one of the men was carrying a bouquet of flowers. I then asked, "What is the special occasion?" WELL---I was sad to hear that this was the family who lost a 6 year old child (little girl) on this same date in 2006. A black bear had attacked the family while they were at Benton Falls--and both the mother and little brother (who were there on this occasion) had been injured by the bear. The little girl ran off --and the bear grabbed her and killed her. This family was going to put flowers at the spot where the child had been killed... I almost cried while talking to that family. I prayed for them---and continued to think about them the rest of the day. NOTE: There has never been another bear attack in those woods, so the rangers think that this particular bear (which they did catch) was sick... Nevertheless, that was a horrible thing for any family to go through. God Bless them all.
Hope you have a fantastic day/week.