Afterwards we headed to the Smoky Mountain National Park. I don't think there are many better ways to spend a Sabbath than by admiring God's creations.
The park was gorgeous. I loved the green. It was everywhere. There was a lovely creek that flows along one of the main roads. I don't know the name of it (Dad, help me out here.) but here's what it looks like at one of the pull off sites.
Beautiful, right? At a different location we got out to play in and explore the creek. Everyone but me got wetter than they planned. That's so typical. I did pose for a picture there. (It's one of two taken of me that day. That's quite amazing.)
After playing in the water we drove up to Cades Cove. This is a place where wild life are supposed to be prevalent.
We did see several deer and some black bears. At one point on the scenic loop there were three little bear cubs. Surprisingly we never saw a mama bear. They stopped traffic for a while. I wish I would have gotten out of the van like all the other people and got a picture. You'll just have to imagine it. The bears finally ran off, it was dinner time after all, and the cars in front of us started moving. Then we came to a pull off and just had to get out. I think the Rockies are beautiful but the Smokies are beautiful in a different way. They seem to have more life with all the trees.
A woman was nice enough to take our family picture. Too bad we didn't coordinate our outfits a little better. It could have been our Christmas card picture.