|Seen on a fence at the Roaring Fork exit|
One thing we noticed while in the Smokies was quite a few Amish visiting. Not only did we see them on the hiking trails, but shopping downtown Gatlinburg as well.
|5 young men and one young lady on Chimney Tops trail|
This botanical specimen I saw quite a lot on the ground. I don't know what tree or shrub it belonged to, but something about its shape kept snagging my eye.
While in Townsend we stopped into a wood carver's shop. There was a lot to see there!
Cory was the one who pointed out that the "man" figure was probably a "gearhead". Ahhh...makes sense now!
In Gatlinburg there are a lot of artisans at work, and we saw this woman carving a couple of different days that we walked through town. Farther out from the main drag is the Arts and Crafts Community, a loop road near our campground that is 8 miles long and has shops for 120 different craftsmen. We took a quick look through, but we're not shoppers so I'd say we were out in less than 20 minutes. I did like the fall version of Santa at the Santa's Klaus-et.
Can't visit Gatlinburg without buying some moonshine at the Smoky Mountain Moonshine shop.
Wayne was tempted to buy this, but I talked him out of it.
We did buy one other thing besides the moonshine. We finally got a sign for our campsite!
I'm rocking the one-glove-and-pajamas look in this photo. Don't hate me because I'm beautiful!
I have 11 mural posts in reserve, 1 video I have to cobble together from our hike to Chimney Tops and I've started some "flashback" posts of our 2009 trip but am now otherwise all caught up. The weather here has been horrendous - lots of wind, cold and rain. The forecast for the next 10 days shows highs ranging from 19 to 47. You'd think it was December instead of November here this year. Hopefully I'll get out soon and get some more blogworthy photos. I'm jealous of my fellow bloggers who are exploring the desert, you know who you are!