Did I Tell You About Our Trip to Gatlinburg?

What I didn’t tell you Monday in my post was that Jim and I celebrated our eleventh anniversary last week while in Gatlinburg!  If anyone ever asks you if eHarmony works, we are proof positive it does!  He is definitely a blessing to me! jim and me on mountain

If you don’t follow me on Facebook, I thought I’d share a few pictures from our trip.

I joked last week that this picture shows one of the High Points of our trip!  We were actually at Clingman’s Dome which is 6,643 feet high–the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The tour books said it was an easy hike…1 mile. What it didn’t say was that by easy they mean the trail is paved.  It was basically 1/2 mile straight up the side of a mountain!  Luckily, they had benches spaced out every so often…maybe that made it easy too!  Whatever the case, I was proud to have made it to the top!

I’ve been going to Gatlinburg for over 30 years and always wished I could see a bear.  I’ve even been up at four in the morning and driven to Cades Cove to see one to no avail.  However, this year on our anniversary day, May 25, 2013 we saw a bear!  It was actually just off the path on the way to the top of our hike.

We didn’t stick around to watch him long as he was a baby.  I know enough to know that where there is a baby bear, there is a mama bear.  Since there were so many tourists watching, I worried if one were to do something stupid, we could all be put in harm’s way.  Seeing it and getting a photo was good enough for me!  I praise God that I can finally check that one off my bucket list!  Whew…30 years…but I gotter done!

Isn't he cute?

Isn’t he cute?

No matter what time of year we go, the mountains have such majestic beauty to them!

No matter what time of year we go, the mountains have such a majestic beauty to them!

Even though the ride literally goes round and round the mountain, it is beautiful!

Even though the ride literally goes round and round the mountain, it is beautiful!

I am not sure why this dead tree fascinated me, but it did!

I am not sure why this dead tree fascinated me, but it did!

I can't get enough...so beautiful!

I can’t get enough…so beautiful!

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I still can’t believe it! I saw a bear!

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May God's light shine upon you this week.

May God’s light shine upon you this week.

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