Sunday, August 7, 2011

First Full Day ( Road Trip Part 5)

What a beautiful first day!
We start the day with the breakfast offered by the hotel; just the usual; cereal, oatmeal, plain doughnuts, apple, orange juice and coffee....We chose to have the doughnuts, cereal and oatmeal and of course orange juice!

We leave our room at 9:15 a.m, hitting the road heading to The Great Smokey National Park.
First stop was the Sugarland Visitor Center to pick up a map and to look at there small...wildlife museum (taxidermy animals, fake plants, ect).
Then we were off to Newfond Gap; where we walked on the Appalachian Trail, (check that off my bucket list)!!!



We then headed on to Clingmans Dome, the tallest point in the park at 6643 feet; where they had a, what would you call it, a tower where you could walk up and see above all the trees, that was truly an amazing view....but let me tell you, that walk was a killer!!! I have a bad knee, that I've worked with and only bothers me under extreme stress, well, this was stress! And, since I can remember, I've had some form of breathing problem, like asthma, and at that altitude, my lungs were screaming...but it was so worth it. And plus, Samantha was very understanding and told me we can take a break whenever I needed.

After this; we headed down the road; back down the mountain, and stopped at a small stream;

we then made our way to Laurel Falls...We had hiked about 15 minutes, when I saw the coolest thing; a black bear!!! And Samantha pointed out, next to said bear, was a cub!!!!!


After we made it to the falls, we rested our now very sore feet in the very cold water.....


after we were well rested we made our way back to the truck, and on back to the hotel, where we went swimming; got our showers and walked across the street to town where we had Wendy's for dinner, and we also did some quick window shopping to figure out what where everything was.
After; we made our way back to the hotel, and relaxed.

Gabrielle W.
"The Lord directs the steps of a christian. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand." Psalms 37:23-24

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