October in the Smoky Mountains is an experience to be treasured. Surrounded by breathtaking views and the magnificent colors of the fall foliage at every turn is magical. We ventured off the beaten path and were rewarded with spectacular colors that should be seen by everyone in their lifetime. There is something about here that makes all our worries go away and for a few days we can escape the demands of life and enjoy our time together. Sunrises in the Smokies are glorious and I treasure each morning that we anxiously wait to see what mother nature has in store for us. The many trails that we have hiked to see the true beauty of this amazing part of the country have their own unique stories to tell.
We always enjoy the drive leading to Tremont, and the scenery of the Middle Prong Little River never disappoints. No matter how many times Fred and I stop here, we never get tired of the beauty surrounding us. We follow this with a drive or hike through Cades Cove, which is our favorite spot in the Smoky Mountains. Leaving Cades Cove via Rich Mountain Road is always a must at least once a year. According to the the Smokies guide “The road ascends into the wilderness. Don’t expect to go straight up or straight down but do expect a very windy, twisting drive into the mountains. This is a one way road, so you are not going to meet any oncoming traffic. What you are going to meet are some of the most spectacular views that the Smokies have to offer”. After spending our fair share of time on this rustic road that is closed during the winter months due to impassable conditions, I couldn’t have described it any better. We never miss an opportunity to stop and spend a few minutes overlooking the cove and below us one of the most photographed churches in the area. A scene made famous years ago and one where many a photographer has tried their hand at recapturing the tranquility of the cove, including me.
Words cannot begin to describe the serenity I feel when I am in the Smoky Mountains. The peace I feel when I’m here is like no other I’ve experienced before. I live in the moment, drinking in the beauty God has created with my best friend by my side and wonder if this is what Heaven looks like, because if it is I can’t wait to get there.
Until our next journey,