starting out early in the morning,
the air was brisk and clear..
there were no marked trails,
so we followed the paths
that led along the
we followed the ridge
the views of the valley below
the drive up the mountain
is quite an experience!!
A little nerve wracking to say
this beautiful fence is
located at one of the overlooks
as you drive up the
we spent two nights
at the lodge on top of the mountain...
this is a sunset view
from the balcony...
view of the valley below
as the late evening sun began
the day we arrived to the mountain
was rainy and overcast,
the clouds hung low...
this photo was taken from
the restaurant near the lodge..
I was a little disappointed
that it was rainy the evening we arrived,
but when I say the low hanging clouds,
I could not stop taking photos!!
this photo was taken
from inside the lodge restaurant...
I snapped the picture just at that moment
when the sun peeked out
between the clouds and cast
an incredible glow over everything...
beginning our second day
of early morning
we took off
on some of the old logging roads
that criss crossed the top of
we tried to drive down one of the roads,
in search of a rumored trail that led to
an old stone chimney..
but the road got pretty rough,
so we parked and took off
we never found the stone chimney,
but we had a wonderful
hike through the woods...
(we will find it next time!!)
the sunlight made the colors
it almost did not look
early morning sunrise
from our balcony at the lodge...
I posted this photo on my Instagram
page and it was featured by the
Official Tennessee Instagram page
on their site...
it had almost 5000 hits!
If you have an Instagram account,
I would love for you to follow me
sunrise glow across the valley...
a wonderful place to sip
an early morning coffee...
an amazing sky walk is located at the
top of the mountain...
over 32 stone chimney outcroppings
are located here on this property--
a beautiful sky walk traverses the
stone chimneys and allows for
incredible views of the valley and mountains
in the distance..
and then we heard this rumor
about a natural stone arch
that was located someplace on the mountain...
no maps, no trails,
just some scattered info that we
learned from a few folks that we talked to....
we didn't hold out much hope..
but.... we found it!!
down some rickety rusty old steps
and into a crevice between the mountains...
a beautiful natural arch...
a perfect way to end our
last day on the
I wanted to share this photo
of this quaint little church
at the foot of the mountain...
one tiny little room..
there were 3 outhouse in the
backyard of the church!
Like a step back in time...
Notes from me...
Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to you all. I had to work on the holiday, those babies still have to have someone to take care of them, and this year it was my turn. Our family and friends have given us tons of left overs and we will be eating turkey for days to come! I am thankful for my family and friends,and for numerous blessings in my life. My blogging friends are one of those wonderful blessings...thank you for being here for me and for allowing me to share with you as I do here on my blog.
For those of you who have followed along on the "Josephine's Children project".... Josephine has shared photos of the children using their craft items and making wonderful creations with the treasures that you donated for them. I will be sharing those photos with you in my next blog post.
We are beginning to decorate for Christmas around here...