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wickesy
08-09-2009, 08:07 AM
Another lazy start to the day today with me not getting up until 8:20. We were out at 9:00 and off down Newfound Gap road, which is the only road that goes across the Smoky Mountains. Initially the road was covered in trees but it soon cleared into views like these

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We soon found ourselves at Newfound Gap, so called because originally another pass was thought to be the easiest way through the mountains until this one was discovered. It is also the site of the State line between Tennessee and North Carolina, so it was here that we entered the next State of our trip.

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Continued

wickesy
08-09-2009, 08:09 AM
After Newfound Gap we turned off onto the road leading up to Clingman’s Dome, the highest point in the Smokies. We parked up and I started up the half mile trail to the observation tower while Dad stayed behind as the trail was quite steep. It was hard work getting to the top but the views were worth it.

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Towards the top middle of this photo you can just see the car park that I walked from and back to
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By the time I got back down it was gone 11:00 so we went down the rest of the road to Cherokee non-stop. Once in Cherokee we stopped off at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian where we bought some fridge magnets and had a look around the museum which describes the history of the Cherokee Indians and how they were affected when settlers came and took over their land.

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After the museum we went across to the candy shop where we had a couple of chocolate covered pretzel rods and a large coke each.

From there we left Cherokee and drove up to the Bass Pro shop in Kodak. Those who have read my Orlando trip reports will know that this is usually our first shopping stop when we are in Orlando so we had to have a look in the one here. Dad bought a few S-biners in there and we then went next door to the main branch of the Ultimate Jerky Outlet where we bought a few flavours that I hadn’t picked up in the shop in Gatlinburg.

We then started making our way back towards Gatlinburg, stopping off at the Smoky Mountains Knife Works for a look around. By the time we came out it was around 5:00 and it was raining heavily so we abandoned our plans for the rest of the evening and retreated to the cabin for nibbles and beer.

We were in bed by 10:00 hoping that the weather would be better tomorrow for our visit to Dollywood.

No Disney reference today. :guilty:

Day 8 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2253809)

irongirlof12
08-09-2009, 08:26 AM
the views are stunning :thumbsup2

what was the weather like? did you need a warm coat?

wickesy
08-09-2009, 08:37 AM
the views are stunning :thumbsup2

what was the weather like? did you need a warm coat?

They really were, I could have spent all day just taking photos.

The weather was great, we didn't need sleeves let alone a warm coat. We did have a bit of rain (coming up in the next couple of reports) but even that was generally just in the mornings and you'll see that we just planned around it so it didn't stop us doing anything. Going by the temperature display in the car it never got lower than mid 60's (and that was at higher altitudes) and was generally high 70's/low 80's.

Chilly
08-09-2009, 02:51 PM
There are 3 mountains in one of your pictures like Disneys 3 mountains :upsidedow

Pegasus928
08-09-2009, 03:05 PM
Those photo's are good - and I bet even they didn't do the real views any justice.

No Disney reference today. :guilty:

There are 3 mountains in one of your pictures like Disneys 3 mountains :upsidedow

Couldn't you have pretended that one of those Indian women on your fridge magnets was Pocahontas :thumbsup2

wickesy
08-09-2009, 03:18 PM
There are 3 mountains in one of your pictures like Disneys 3 mountains :upsidedow

Those photo's are good - and I bet even they didn't do the real views any justice.

Couldn't you have pretended that one of those Indian women on your fridge magnets was Pocahontas :thumbsup2

See you guys are better at these Disney references than I am! :worship:

You're right Kenny you really can't do the views justice in a 2D photograph.

suzycute
08-09-2009, 03:57 PM
Great photos!!

tennisfan
08-09-2009, 04:34 PM
Stunning views:goodvibes

Goofysmate
08-10-2009, 02:40 AM
Views are breath taking :thumbsup2

Pinky166
08-10-2009, 03:55 PM
Great views. :)

Snowy-girls
08-10-2009, 04:02 PM
Oh those views are amazing :worship:,what a shame Dad never went with you to be able to see them for himself :sad1:,great pictures :thumbsup2.
Lovely items from the shop-thank you again for my fridge magnet+dream box :hug:(hope you did'nt mind me mentioning it on your trip report-people should know how kind hearted you both are :hug:).
As for no Disney reference :scared1:i am ashamed that you have failed us so early on in the trip report :sad2: :laughing:.
BUT :worship: to Claire+Kenny for THEIR references.x.

wickesy
08-10-2009, 04:40 PM
Oh those views are amazing :worship:,what a shame Dad never went with you to be able to see them for himself :sad1:,great pictures :thumbsup2.
Lovely items from the shop-thank you again for my fridge magnet+dream box :hug:(hope you did'nt mind me mentioning it on your trip report-people should know how kind hearted you both are :hug:).
As for no Disney reference :scared1:i am ashamed that you have failed us so early on in the trip report :sad2: :laughing:.
BUT :worship: to Claire+Kenny for THEIR references.x.

It was a shame but the trail was quite long and steep so it was hard work getting up there.

I don't mind you mentioning the pressies at all. :goodvibes

I know, I tried with the Disney references but they kind of dried up. There's one for tomorrow and then that's it. :guilty:

PudseyChancer
08-12-2009, 02:43 PM
Absolutely stunning photos, bet they took your breath away.

arieljasmine
08-18-2009, 04:20 PM
Claire beat me to it - I was going to say, all these mountains and you couldn't come up with a Disney reference?! ;)

Stunning photos, David, the views look magnificent :thumbsup2

I loved hearing the explanation of Newfound Gap, very clever.

Sounds like a fascinating day all round, just a shame about the weather spoiling your evening plans.

Laur's xx

Lizzybear
08-20-2009, 12:12 PM
Wow amazing views! There's a similar state line between Nevada and Arizona, so now I can say i've been to AZ ;)

jjpenguin
08-25-2009, 05:47 AM
Stunning views!

And here's another Disney reference: Chimney Pots - Mary Poppins