Monday, July 7, 2014

Smokey Mtn Camping Trip May 26-28

May 26-27, Bill and I, along with Laura, Mike and Amanda (Claire at her own camp) camped at Elkmont in the hopes of seeing the synchronous fireflies. A night hike up Little River Trail did not disappoint, even though the fireflies were not numerous. It had been a cool damp May and they were getting a late start. In the afternoon, we drove to Clingman's Dome and hiked out to Andrew's Bald. Too early for the flame azaleas, but the views were spectacular and there were quite a few wildflowers on the trail.  Next day, we hiked to Laurel Falls. Along the way we saw a mama bear and cub, thankfully a safe distance away. The falls had lots of water and the Matzeks climbed to the bottom while Bill and I went on the Cade's Cove. Just the two of us camped there and enjoyed a leisurely drive the following morning.

Andrews Bald

Trail to Andrew's Bald

Clingman's Dome

Laurel Falls

Laurel Falls

Laurel Fall, hiking down

Laurel Falls, at the bottom
Mama Bear and Cub on the way to Laurel Falls
Mama Bear

Cades Cove Methodist Church
Mountain Laurel

Cades Cove turkey

Big Bear in Cades Cove

John Oliver Cabin

Cade's Cove Coyotee

Cades Cove

Cades Cove Tom

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