Sunday, August 22, 2010

SUMMER IN THE SMOKIES

I enjoy living in Georgia!  Well except for the unbearable heat we've had this summer, but that has happened all over the country so I guess I can say....I enjoy living in Georgia!  We are close to the Atlantic Ocean, The Gulf of Mexico and the glorious Mountains!  A day's drive can get you to so many wonderful and different places. 

Not long ago Mr ALC and I took a trip north to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!  Of course we had our camera's and I want to share some of my photos with you.  These photos were taken in Cades Cove in Tennessee.
  This area was settled in the 1800's by farmers and the hardships they endured were incredible but they hung on and made themselves a community in this breathtaking place.

 This church was so pretty against the blue sky
We went inside
Plain wooden benches
I loved the light pouring into this dark room
Old Grave Markers
This man fought in the Revolutionary war
Beautiful carvings
Newer headstone 1927
Most of these headstones are so old the engraving has worn away

Life was hard but this community grew 
There were so many farms and buildings I didn't get photos of them all.  We will be going again to Cades Cove, maybe in the fall.
Near Gatlinburg, TN is Running Fork Motor Nature Trail
It was closed due to renovations but we were able to visit the first farmhouse on the trail
This is a 'saddlebag log home'
Fireplace
Loved this back porch
Just a short way from the cabin
 Was the Barn

I hope you will have a chance to visit this incredible and huge national state park sometime. We are lucky to live so close!

Wishing you wonderful memories of your summer
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I hope you will visit and see what Summer has meant to 
so many other bloggers!

Always,
Linda

41 comments:

Vintage Christine said...

Oh how beautiful! I used to drive from MS to North Carolina in the Spring and Fall and I'd try to do mountain road trips along the way coming back from High Point (after those long hours I needed peace, quiet and nature). Have you driven the Natchez Trace? It is so lovely and of course there are plantations to explore and we've stayed at several B&B's in Natchez that were fabulous. Your photos of the flowers are just lovely!!! Love the plate in your header, too.

Diann said...

Fun tour with you! We have been to the Smokies a few time and it is such beautiful scenery!

We both love to stop at these kinds of places! You can learn so many things about our pasts!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

When I was a little girl, one of my fondest memories was of the vacations we took to the Smokie Mountains. We went quite a few times and took in Rock City and Ruby Falls like all tourists! I just remember the rapid water and the beautiful water falls.

Jojo said...

It felt at least 15 degrees cooler just looking at the pictures!!!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

What an interesting place to visit!

xinex said...

What an interesting place to visit! I love the old church. It looks very peaceful there....Christine

Jean said...

Such lovely images. Love the barn. So cute.

Christine said...

My hubby and I went there about seven years ago. We walked through that graveyard! We went in the fall of the year and it was just beautiful. Would love to go again.

Pondside said...

That was a beautiful post - it's so interesting to have a glimpse of life from the early days. Those first settlers were so brave, had so much faith. I love the white church.

Anita said...

I love Cades Cove, and have gone there many times with my family since we are so close. Love to go camping at the camp ground there!

Chickens in the Basement said...

Hey Old Friend!

I always knew we could travel together! Pretty flowers, old buildings and tombstones! Is there anything better than that?

Hope you are well!
Anna

Average Girl said...

You know I love when someone posts something that gives me new information.... That was a great post and I loved the photos. Thanks for stopping by my blog with your comment. Happy Sunday to you!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love riding through the smokies and we love Cades Cove. We went horseback riding there once. It was just a slow trail ride but it was so pretty.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for the tour. It will be a wonderful place to visit in the Fall.

A Hopeful Heart said...

Our family visited Great Smoky MOuntains National Park back in 1998...and we fell in love. Actually, it is probably my favorite of all the vacations we have ever taken. We stayed at a little cabin in Maggie Valley, NC, and made lots of day trips each day. We went fishing at a trout farm, gem stoning, and horseback riding. Not to mention driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway and visiting Clingman's Dome. And visiting Sliding Rock and getting wet in the creek. SUCH fun memories.

I definitely want to go there again.

Thanks for sharing your lovely photos.

Love,
Patti

Kathleen said...

Ouch those pews look hard! Hope the sermon wasn't too long! Thanks for tour, it looks lovely! It is good to love where we live!

sissie said...

Hi Linda!
I just love old churches and cemeteries. It's amazing to see old headstones that date way back long ago.
What a wonderful trip and sites. Thanks for sharing wonderful photos.

hugs
Sissie

Nancy's Notes said...

Linda, what a great tour, I love getting to travel to such a awesome area! Each photograph that you shared, they were so great, I felt like I was there too. I love Georgia, our youngest daughter and her sweet family live there too!

Hugs,
Nancy

Toronto Yardsaler said...

Thanks so much for the beautiful pictures. I love the way you take notice of the details. One of my other hobbies is taking pictures of old buildings (including churches and barns), and abandoned places, so this is right up my alley.
Hugs,
Erin

Chatty Crone said...

I'm back! So when did you go to Cades Cove - I have been there myself. Did you see the school house - where all the children went - it was for every grade!

Nice trip.
sandie

Jeff said...

My wife and I have Georgia on our list of places to visit; we're just waiting for our 4 and 1 yr olds to get a little older. Thanks for sharing! We'll be putting this on our list of places to see when we get there.

Queenie said...

Thanks for sharing these lovely photos from your trip, it brought back sweet memories for me of a trip we took to the Great Smokey Mountains in 2006. I have missed that place... I sooo wish that my family and I could go back again some day...I fell in love with that whole place...and have always said that I left a piece of my heart in those Great Smoky Mounains. My dream would be to live there one day...of course, I don't know if that will ever happen or not, but I will always be dreaming of seeing that place again...it made quite an impression on me and my family...we love it.
So glad for you that you got to go this summer.
Hope you have a happy week Linda :)
Big Hugs,
Queenie

Julie Harward said...

How fun..and just so beautiful...I love the old churches so much! :D

Shelia said...

Oh, I loved the tour! Just love the country and the Smokies so much! When I was a little girl growing up in Alabama we took a couple vacations their.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Susan said...

Thanks for the tour, Linda. It's always wonderful to see new places and learn about the history. That was fun! Susan

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Next time we get to Kentucky, we are going to have to take a roadtrip to the Great Smoky Mountains. Your pictures are beautiful!

The Tablescaper said...

Such a beautiful tour. One of the fun things about blogging is that we all get to visit different parts of the country. Just gorgeous territory.

Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays!

- The Tablescaper

Janean said...

we lived in the atlanta area for 18 years and been to the smokies several times....

great photos of ol' bud's place! :)

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Linda Sweetie...
What a beautiful share today. It is so beautiful and green and lush. I love the church and the wood benches inside. Isn't the wood paneling so beautiful. I am thrilled that it has been preserved for all to enjoy. I loved the well kept cemetary.

Enjoyed seeing the log home and the fireplace still so intact. Even the barn. They were built to stand time.

Thank you for taking me along on you beautiful journey. I have so enjoyed myself. So this is what the Great Smokey Mountains looks like. I know it is God's country.

Many hugs sweetie and much love, Sherry

~~Carol~~ said...

You sure saw alot of beautiful things on your trip! And you captured them all so perfectly with your great photography skills. You always take such great pictures!
Happy Monday!
Carol

gail said...

Hi Linda-beautiful pictures. I love to go to old cemeteries-the stories they could tell!
I feel the same way about NJ-noone realizes what a beautiful state it is-we have the Atlantic, rolling farmlands and beautiful mountains by the Delaware Water Gap. Not to mention NYC just a short drive away.

Happy Mama said...

I live about 45 minutes away from the park and don't visit nearly enough! Your pictures capture the essence of what it's like.

House and Garden Boutique said...

Thanks for the wonderful tour.....felt like I was right there with you all. I love walking thru old graveyards and reading the headstones......they just tell a story all their own.....

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

These images are just lovely!
That really is a beautiful part of the country.

Have a wonderful week!
Hugs,
Anne

Douce France..... said...

You took some very nice pictures.
They tell a story.
Have a nice evening.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Linda, this is a beautiful area of the country. Our honeymoon was in Gatlinburg! We went back the week before my husband left for Viet Nam, and we've been back a couple of times since then. We always have a wonderful time. Your pictures are great, and they make me wish we were going back again soon. laurie

Annesphamily said...

Gorgeous photos! I love history and I would love to go here someday! Thanks for the tour Linda! Hugs Anne

Sherrie said...

Hi Linda. I mentioned your blog today in my post and that you have lovely tablescapes that you show there. I was doing a post on teapots and thought of you. Beautiful photos. Makes me wish I had a better camera.

Susan said...

Oh my gosh, Linda, what a wonderful place and thank you for the tour. I love the old farm and the church. Especially the church. This may sound silly but I can just imagine what it must smell like. All that wood and the lovely surrounding area. What a beautiful and peaceful place.

Loved this post!

Oh, and the sunflowers and pumpkins are all made from felt. Sorry I forgot to get back to you on that. It's just been a little crazy here. ;-)

Have a wonderful day, my friend,
Susan

Rose said...

sorry behind in reading blogs loved the photos of Tenn. i love the mountains. we haven't been in that area for years. take care. rose

Jenny said...

What a beautiful trip. Thank you for taking us along. I love the feeling of history and peace apparent in every picture. Hugs and thank you.