Great Smoky Mountains

Last weekend my mom, my sister, Sidney, and I went to Chattanooga with plans to stay the night. Then somehow, we ended up staying four days in the Great Smoky mountains.

We managed to find a bunch of streams and rivers to wade in and even go tubing. We ate good food and saw beautiful sights. Our first night we stayed at our favorite motel in Chattanooga on the side of Lookout Mountain. Here is our view from the motel balcony on Friday morning:

Friday morning we loaded up our things and hit the road to Helen, Georgia. Along the way we drove past the spot where part of the Atlanta summer Olympics were held in 1996. And we passed a huge spillway where white water rafters were putting into the river.

We drove through beautiful winding mountain roads to get to Georgia. We discovered Helen, Georgia last fall when we went to Octoberfest there. I have wanted to return since then and finally got the opportunity. Helen is a German-inspired town in the north Georgia mountains that is blessed with a beautiful stretch of the Chattahoochie river as well as great food and beer. Since we were there on Friday and early Saturday it wasn’t crowded at all.

We went tubing on the Chattahoochie river and had a blast in the cold water. That was the closest we got to white water rafting which is a hugely popular activity in that area.

Here is Sidney at one of the restaurants in Helen. Right after I took this photo it started to rain big time and we had to abandon the balcony and eat inside.

On Saturday we left Helen and drove to Cherokee, North Carolina. There we waded around in the Oconaluftee river. Because there is no way we can pass up a good looking river or stream where we can wade around in the water. We ate lunch and then drove through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where we saw an elk and yet more beautiful streams.

Saturday evening found us in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. We stayed the night there and had a wonderful breakfast at a pancake house. Honestly, those two towns have more pancakes houses than I’ve ever seen in one area.

And now we are back home in Mississippi which is a beautiful place but I don’t think it compares to the Great Smoky Mountains. Those mountains are the most beautiful place on earth to me and I can’t wait to go back at the end of September or early October to see the leaves change.


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