Thursday, March 21, 2013

Deer in Cades Cove

We have never driven through Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park without seeing deer.  Lots of deer.  A few years ago, Hub and I were on the Loop Road when I spotted a herd of cattle.  Turns out it wasn't cattle (which are not allowed in the park) but hundreds of deer grazing in the mountain meadow. 

Last week, a bunch of quilters and I made the Loop to Cades Cove.  We saw numerous deer, and this group seemed to be posing for us.  We also saw lots of wild turkeys, but no bears.

If you have driven that road, you know there are places where stopping is impossible.  We spotted a white animal grazing with some deer.  We were a long way from them, and when I was able to stop the car and use the zoom lens on my camera to look, we couldn't see the white one.  I was able to see one deer, but the white one was behind some trees.  Has anyone heard of an albino deer in Cades Cove?  Before you think I have totally lost it, three other women in the car saw it, too.  I don't know what else it could have been.

I have not seen all the world yet, but out of what I have seen, Cades Cove may be the most beautiful.  Even in winter, it is breathtaking.  In April, all the spring wildflowers will be dancing in those meadows...another road trip?  Sounds good to me!