Backing up to last Saturday. I know. I'm all over the place lately and I'm pretty sure I said I was going to get my writing act together this year.
One can still hope.
Today's photo challenge prompt is 'shoes' but since I'm making my own rules these days (have I mentioned that?) I'm posting one of the prompts I missed. Day 17-'time'.
If you'll recall we were in Tennessee last weekend. Once daughter2 made it over the mountaintop on Saturday, we piled back into the car and headed over to Cades Cove. For those of you who've never been I highly recommend.
Cades Cove is a wide valley surrounded on all sides by gorgeous mountains. Are there any other kind? Its the most visited spot in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and a great place to hike, bike, think, and dream.
An 11 mile loop wraps around the cove and cars meander along this road keeping a close watch out for wildlife. We've been coming to the Smokies, and in particular Cades Cove, for a long, long time.
When the girls were little we liked to count the deer as we drove thru the park...
Sometimes you get lucky and will see a bear.
No bear this trip but we did see lots of daffodils in bloom.
In the middle of February.
Not sure I've ever seen that here before.
In addition to all the wildlife there are churches, cabins, and a gristmill dating back to the 1800's.
Even with all its many visitors Cades Cove remains a place of serene beauty.
And for us, this picturesque little corner of the world is a place where some of our most treasured memories were born. A place where little girls learned to love and appreciate God's creativity...
and the beauty that is found in spending time outdoors with the people you love most.
It still is.