Sunday, September 14, 2014

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Cataract Falls

I don't know what I was thinking. For some reason I decided that when the grandparents came out to Tennessee for Sierra's birthday, it would be a good idea to go to Gatlinburg. I've learned that it's never a good time to go to Gatlinburg. It was crowded with hoards of people, a good number of whom were of the redneck persuasion. We ate lunch at the brewery and walked around town for a bit where the grandparents even sampled some moonshine.
bluegrass
in chairs
Then we finally headed out of town and into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Apparently, traffic headed  up to Newfound Gap was really bad. We scrapped our original plan and decided instead to make the short hike to Cataract Falls.
on the trail
Dad G had to turn around pretty quickly due to knee issues, but the rest of us kept on the trail passing an interesting tree that I had photographed Noelle at about 8 years ago.
Sierra in tree
on bridge
throwing rocks with Grandpa
Eventually we made our way over to the cascading waterfall
Cataract Falls (2)
where Sierra got to dip her piggies in the water.
playing at base of falls
playing in falls
After about 30 minutes of playing in the water we turned around and headed back to the car for the drive back to Greeneville.         

2 comments:

luksky said...

Hahaha..love it, the "redneck persuasion." I can only imagine.

Allen Pogue said...

Gatlinburg is bad, Pigeon Forge is worse. There has been a slow churning of development near my usual stomping grounds of the Ocoee River area and I'm fearful it will turn into Gatlinburg in the next couple of decades. I pray that it does not but Chattanooga is undergoing rapid growth and then there is the Atlanta-beast so I'm not sure it can be avoided.