Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Smoky Mountain Getaway

Ever wonder why they're called the Smoky Mountains? The Smokies are named for the blue-gray mist that oftentimes hovers around the peaks and valleys. The Cherokee called the mountains shaconage or "place of the blue smoke."

And the Smokies are where my family and I have spent the past few days. We're packing up this morning, as we speak, and are headed back to Nashville. The idea for the Great Smoky Mountain National Park had its seed back in 1890, but people were in disagreement about whether it should be a national park or national forest. The history of how this park came to be established is interesting and worth reading.

While here, we hiked, played cards, laughed a ton, watched movies, ate some great food, played more cards, hiked again, etc... And just had a fabulous time. Here are some pics of us at Cades Cove at the historical Methodist Church within the park.

As touted by local historians, Cades Cove was once known as "Kates Cove" after an Indian chief's wife. The Cove drew the Cherokee Nation back again and again by its abundant wildlife and good hunting. Later, in the early 1800s, Cades Cove's wildlife drew European descent frontiersman to make it their home. For more history on Cades Cove history, click here

Here are some vistas of Cades Cove…

And here are some vistas of the Triple Mini Dessert we had at Tony Romas, which um...weren't so mini after all.

Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

Delectable Red Velvet Cake with warm Cream Cheese Frosting

Warm Apple Tore with Vanilla Ice Cream 

Next, we enjoyed the touristy––but also very interesting––tour of the Titanic. If you've ever been through the museum, you'll understand this, but all of my family "survived." Explanation...at the beginning of the tour, each member of your party is given a card telling about a passenger on the Titantic, then at the end of the tour you find out whether your individual actually lived, or died.  All of ours lived (and my person, Mary Hewlett, was an empty nester and the oldest passenger to survive in Second Class, rather apropos). But the family behind us...all of their people had died. : (

Lastly, here are some quick vistas from around our cabin… Gorgeous!

And here are some views from a hike to Abrams Falls, an easy 5-mile trek up to a waterfall. Lovely. I love path pictures so couldn't resist a "before and behind" shutter shot while on the trail.

Now back to reality. And to sweet Jack! Oh I've missed that little guy... Copy edits for A Lasting Impression should be on my doorstep sometime soon. One of the last times I'll see this book before it goes to press. Hallelujah! Meanwhile, I've started my next.

So, where did you travel (or are you traveling) this summer? Do share...


  1. Beautiful pictures! Sounds like a really fun getaway...and the dessert looks amazing! : ) The hubby and I just got back from a week in Arizona (without the kids!). It was great! We were able to see so many things, including a screening of the movie Courageous (I highly recommend it) and the Grand Canyon! Next week we're doing a big family vaca to Panama City. I can't wait to see my son at the beach...I think he's going to love it! We haven't been since he was a baby, so he's at a great age to enjoy it. Hope you have a great summer! Blessings~Stacey

  2. The Grand Canyon! Love it, Stacey. Isn't it amazing. Glad you got some time with your sweet dh. And PC! That's where my mom was raised so we grew up going down there (from ATL) all the time growing up. Fun years! Fabulous place to eat down there is Uncle Ernies. Oh yum!!!!!!! Have fun, friend!

  3. The Canyon was breathtaking! Thanks for the tip on Uncle Ernies! We usually go to the Pirate Ship but I found out that it burned down! I was so sad to hear that. I also have growing up memories of PC along with a summer I spent there with a Christian ministry. I'm excited about going back. God bless you, Tammy! <><

  4. Can't wait for your newest book to hit the shelves. I've read (and loved) all of your books!

    This summer? Well, in 9 days I will be leaving for a (my very first ever!) mission trip to Ecuador! While I'm there, I will also get to meet a little girl that I sponsor through Compassion International - so that's like the cherry on top of my sundae! I am a little...nervous...about going from my area (about 300 ft above sea level) to Ecuador (where we'll be between 6,000 and 10,000 feet above sea level.)

    Glad you enjoyed your vacation to the smokies - one of my favorite places to go!


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