Monthly Archive: May 2011

May 31

Number 18: El Capitan

El Capitan

Number 18 is a photo of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.  This photo was taken when Karen and I were on vacation with her parents.  My Dad and I try to ride dirt bikes at least once every summer in Colorado, and Karen usually goes if she has enough vacation days left.  Since we …

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May 30

Mountain Farm Museum: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Log Cabin watermark

Mountain Farm Museum is a great place to get out of the car and stretch your legs in the Great Smoky Moutain National Park.  It is located at Oconaluftee Visitor Center which is just 2 miles away from the town of Cherokee.  The Mountain Farm Museum is exactly as it sounds it is an old …

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May 29

Museum of the Cherokee Indian

wooden carving cherokee museum watermark

After hiking all morning and driving through the park we were getting hungry so we went to the town of Cherokee to stop for lunch.  During lunch we had a decision to make, do we keep on hiking or is it time for something else.  Though we both like to hike and see nature we …

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May 28

Juney Whank Falls – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Kenny and Karen at Juney Whank Watermark

On our last day at Great Smoky National Park Karen and I decided to hit the southern part of the park by driving down the Newfound Gap Road.  When we reached the other side we went looking for some more waterfalls.  We eventually decided to go see Juney Whank Falls which is just north of Bryson City, …

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May 28

Sugarland Nature Trail – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Kenny in front of a waterfall watermark

Karen and I took a fun hike on the Sugarland Nature Trail, which is right behind the Sugarland visitor center.  We highly recommend this trail because it is very short, only 1.5 miles round trip with a small waterfall, Cataract Falls.  The waterfall isn’t the only thing that makes the trip worth seeing, it is a very …

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May 28

Newfound Gap Road: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Smokies watermark

Newfound Gap Road is the main road through Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  It starts in the town of Gatlinburg and ends at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.  The road starts out with an elevation of 1,400 ft and tops out around 5,000 ft.  While driving the road try not to be in a hurry because there are …

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May 27

Grotto Falls – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Behind Grotto Falls watermark

This is one of our favorite hikes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park because it is the only hike with a walk behind waterfall.  Grotto Falls Trail is a well maintained, although muddy when wet, 2.8 mile roundtrip hike to Grotto Falls.  Side note- we highly recommend that you bring an extra pair of shoes or …

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May 27

Cades Cove Loop – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Church Cades Cove Watermark

The 11 mile loop was probably the busiest part of Smoky Mountains National Park while we were there, but that is to be expected since it is some of the nicest scenery in the park. The cove is full of meadows were you can see the local wildlife including black bears and white tail deer. Karen and …

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May 26

Laurel Falls – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Kenny and Karen at Laurel Falls

Laurel Falls is the single most popular attraction in the Smoky Mountain National Park.  If you want to see Laurel without gigantic crowds you either have to go very early or around dusk.  Anytime after morning when we drove by, the parking lot it was full to overflowing and this was in the middle of …

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May 26

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Laurel Falls with watermark

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is probably the greatest American National Park east of the Mississippi.  Well, it is probably in a tie with the Everglades, and Karen and I have been to both.  But, as far as I can tell they still can not hold a candle to the parks in the West.  …

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