|George standing on the porch of the Noah "Bud" OGLE Cabin, historical old farm near Gatlinburg, TN (1/17/16)|
Little did these two IDIOT KIDS know when they set that fire was that a huge weather system would bring 85 mph winds to that area --which then caused the fires to explode all over that mountain and head directly toward a wonderful old tourist town in the mountains, named GATLINBURG, TN.
I have been going to Gatlinburg and the Smokies almost all of my life, and feel as if that area is truly a part of me and my history and family. When the fires happened, I thought I had lost some of my family. The fire damaged and devastated so many homes/businesses/cabins/and LIVES --as it reeked havoc on the entire town and areas around Gatlinburg.
On January 17 and 18, George and I made a trip to Gatlinburg (as we usually always do this time of year). While there, we checked out many areas which had been devastated by the fires... It was SO SO SO SAD to see these areas.
BUT--there is always good to come out of bad! Here's some of the good:
-the beautiful little downtown area of Gatlinburg (for the most part) was NOT damaged (even though the fire came so very very close)
-the people there who lost SO much tell such wonderful, heart-felt stories of strength and faith (amazing how the strength of people can help us)
-the woods/mountains will come back; That is just NATURE.
I'm sure there are many many GOOD stories, but today, I'm sharing another GOOD story for you.... See that picture at the top????? That is the Noah "Bud" Ogle old home-place, originally built in 1879. This old historical landmark is located on Cherokee Orchard Road not far from downtown Gatlinburg. George and I were anxious to see it ---and were THRILLED that the old home and barn somehow made it through the fires (although it's obvious that the fires had been all around that area). I cried with JOY when we saw this piece of history in ONE PIECE.
I will share pictures of our little hike in and around the Ogle Cabin on 1/17... It's sad to see the fire damage ---but it was GREAT to see that cabin in tact!!!!
|Old Fireplace inside the home|
|I stood on the back porch looking at how close the fire came. Wooooo.|
|I love this old chimney. Have you ever seen one like this?|
|Here's another angle of the back side of the cabin. Can you see how close the fires were? YIPES.|
|We hiked a loop trail around the back of the Ogle property. Some areas were totally undamaged by the fire. Isn't the creek pretty?|
|Then we saw many areas just like this... So sad.|
|But then, we'd see this!!!!!! (Amazing how the fires moved around --missing some things and damaging others; It was those 85 mph swirling winds I'm sure.)|
|The hike ended above the house near the barn.|
|This is the barn ---so you can see how close the fires came to it also. YIPES.|
|I love this old fireplace in another room inside the house.|
|Here's another picture taken from inside the house looking at some of the fire devastation.|
|Just have to share one more picture of a tree damaged or destroyed by the wildfire...|
|Finally, the beautiful OGLE CABIN ----still standing and still beautiful|
Continue to pray for the people of Gatlinburg. Cleaning up and rebuilding will take lots of time and money and effort. Volunteers are always needed...