Monday, November 23, 2009

A fall weekend in the Smoky Mountains

Chris and I spent a long weekend in the Smoky Mountains over Halloween with our friends, Jessica and Eddie Cardoza.  They had never been to TN and wanted to see the fall colors so what better excuse to convert some new people into TN Vols fans?

Eddie has an excellent camera that I'm so jealous of, so we got some great pictures!


From Smoky Mountains and UT vs. South Carolina October 29-November 1, 2009




From Smoky Mountains and UT vs. South Carolina October 29-November 1, 2009





From Smoky Mountains and UT vs. South Carolina October 29-November 1, 2009



Chris and I on the balcony of our cabin.  We only stayed here one night because it was infested with bugs!  Very nice cabin, but a big bug problem



From Smoky Mountains and UT vs. South Carolina October 29-November 1, 2009



This is the view from Look Rock.  I would recommend going to the Look Rock observational tower over Clingman's Dome.  It's just as beautiful and no crowds!  Look Rock is on the Foothills Parkway near Townsend.

From Smoky Mountains and UT vs. South Carolina October 29-November 1, 2009






With our travel buddies on Look Rock

From Smoky Mountains and UT vs. South Carolina October 29-November 1, 2009




We drove the Cherohala Skyway that runs from Tellico Plains, TN to Robbinsville, NC. Cherohala gets its name from the combination of the words "Cherokee" and "Nantahala", the two national forests that it connects.  I highly recommend this, especially later in the year when the trees have lost their color on Newfound Gap in the Smokies. The Tennessee side of the Cherohala Skyway is at a lower elevation than Newfound Gap and therefore the leaves change later in the year. Also, we didn't have to deal with any traffic here.

From Smoky Mountains and UT vs. South Carolina October 29-November 1, 2009





From Smoky Mountains and UT vs. South Carolina October 29-November 1, 2009




Driving along the Newfound Gap in the Smoky Mountains National Park

From Smoky Mountains and UT vs. South Carolina October 29-November 1, 2009




From Smoky Mountains and UT vs. South Carolina October 29-November 1, 2009




From Smoky Mountains and UT vs. South Carolina October 29-November 1, 2009




On Saturday we went to the UT vs South Carolina game. Here is Chris playing some cornhole at a tailgate

From Smoky Mountains and UT vs. South Carolina October 29-November 1, 2009




From Smoky Mountains and UT vs. South Carolina October 29-November 1, 2009




From Smoky Mountains and UT vs. South Carolina October 29-November 1, 2009




Someone made a pumpkin out of the rock since it was Halloween

From Smoky Mountains and UT vs. South Carolina October 29-November 1, 2009



UT has a letterpress studio! I wasn't into letterpress when I went here, but I'm so glad to know they have a studio!

From Smoky Mountains and UT vs. South Carolina October 29-November 1, 2009




Smokey!

From Smoky Mountains and UT vs. South Carolina October 29-November 1, 2009




Lane!

From Smoky Mountains and UT vs. South Carolina October 29-November 1, 2009




From Smoky Mountains and UT vs. South Carolina October 29-November 1, 2009




The team wore black jerseys since it was Halloween. They looked great!

From Smoky Mountains and UT vs. South Carolina October 29-November 1, 2009




It was raining and freezing, but we were happy!

From Smoky Mountains and UT vs. South Carolina October 29-November 1, 2009




We successfully converted Jessica and Eddie into Vols fans....who is next??? To see all of our pictures from this weekend, click here.

4 comments:

Jessica Cardoza said...

Thank you for converting us! We had the best time! :)

Eddie said...

Yes, we are Vols fans forever now! Thank you again for showing us your beautiful homestate. We had the best time!

Jessica said...

Wow it is so beautiful there!!!!

Jenny Parish said...

Dennis and I rode the motorcycle through the Cherohala Skyway a few years ago... stunningly beautiful. I enjoy seeing your beautiful photos!!