Monday, August 26, 2013

Smoky Mountains




Hundreds of years ago, when Europeans arrived in the area that is now Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina, the noble Cherokee living there already had a name for the mountains: Sha-co-na-qe, meaning "land of blue smoke."



 
The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the most visited national park in the United States, and the Cades Cove loop road is the most visited feature of the park.  I was there last week. 






 I have been to Cade's Cove many, many times, and it never fails to take my breath away.  This cove has a diversity of flora and fauna unlike any other place I have been.  Most likely, you will see some of it here later this week.