Tag Archives: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Historic Elkmont in the Smoky’s #WW

Welcome, Kittens & Dawgs to my humble abode! Last Thursday I shared some of the Smoky’s wildfire landscape scarring photos that I took on the day after Christmas. We felt the need to get out. I reckon to release a little cabin fever.  It was a beautiful day. The mountains and foothills communities were bustling with more activity than I cared for but we enjoyed the day nonetheless.  We headed toward Cades Cove in the park with the hopes of taking a short walk in the old logging community of Historic Elkmont in the Smoky’s.

We used to walk the trail (not this one) that runs beside the river with the kids when they were at home.  It’s been a few years since we’d ventured this way and we were surprised to find the park service has developed the area more.  One of the improvements made is expanding the paved parking which is really nice.

Although the temperatures were pleasantly mild, it was very breezy and with my ear bothering me I couldn’t chance at being outdoors too long.  I really wanted to linger along the trail snapping pictures and imagining life in this community in its heyday.

One of the cabins caught my attention and I really wished I had snapped a shot of the long flowing curtain rustled by the wind which made me think of ghosts. Is the old town haunted? Perhaps by ghosts or maybe just memories of a lost past.

You can read about the history and Elkmont’s early beginnings in the 1900s by three Pennsylvanians who come to the area looking for virgin timbers.

As I said earlier, I’m eager to come back for another photo-op of this old ghost town and to enjoy a lovely nature walk.  Perhaps, I’ll pack a picnic lunch for us to enjoy, too.


Join me tomorrow for another peek through my lens with my newest edition of Skywatch Friday & Celebrate the Small Things.

Have a fototastic day.





All Things Vintage: GSMNP #AprilA2Z

I’m so happy you returned for another segment of All Thing Vintage, kittens and dawgs! In the early 20s several local Knoxvillians shared a dream of creating a national park in the Blue Ridge Mountains and thankfully today we can enjoy the beauty found in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (GSMNP).

Great Smoky Mountains National Park dedication cermony at Newfound Gap

Image source credit President Franklin Roosevelt making speech at Newfound Gap on June 15, 1934

Great Smoky Mountains National Park dedication cermony crowd gathered at Newfound Gap

Crowd gathered at dedication, image source.

The park recorded more than 10M visitors in 2014 and it’s obvious to us each year the numbers get a little stronger. The Great Smoky Mountains is our favorite spots to visit and with it being within a short driving distance from Knoxville, then we can go anytime.

I’ve taken and shared many GSMNP photos over the years with you, look at the vintage crowd photo, then imagine me standing way to the back and to the left edge of that picture shooting over the North Carolina valley, like this one from Newfound Gap.

GSMNP Newfound Gap view

I shot this picture last October. The bright morning sun creates a challenge for any photographer. I still consider myself a novice behind the camera. My original was too dark, so it was Pixelmator photo-editor to the rescue allowing me to lighten the shadows without loosing all the color in the mountains.

I encourage you, if you’re new to Curious as a Cathy, to use the key words “smoky mountains” in my site search box to see more of God’s country.

I appreciate being apart of this challenge. I can’t image all the tedious work that goes into pulling something like this together, but our friends on the A2Z Team do a fantastic job and so I just want to say, thank you!

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
Heather M. Gardner
Jeremy @ Hollywood Nuts
AJ Lauer
Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian
Damyanti Biswas @ Daily Write
Zalka Csenge Virág @ The Multicolored Diary
Joy Campbell @ The Character Depot
John Holton @The Sound of One Hand Typing

Now, I invite you to hop with me in checking out some of the amazing A2Zers playing along this year and I hope you’ll come back tomorrow to read about Hershey’s.

Falls and Fallen Logs #WW

Welcome Kittens & Dawgs! It makes me happy you decided to join me for Wordless or in my case not-so-wordless Wednesday fun. Let’s give a round of applauds to this week’s featured photographer….

 Raquel Jiménez

Congratulation, Raquel Please go by to see what’s new on her site and while you’re there be sure to leave your footprints behind in comments. Now, I invite you to link your WW post below.

A couple of weeks ago, we spent the day in this part of the mountains. It was a gorgeous day and an unexpected find. Not that we didn’t know about this place, but we never ventured this portion of the park. Silly us!

Upper Tremont Rd falls beside road

Upper Tremont Road in the Smoky Mountains

This is a tiny portion of a larger waterfall. You’ll want to return on Friday to see another image of falls. I love how the two trees and carpet of moss frames the bottom edge of this photo.

Upper Tremont Rd in Smoky's fungus on fall tree

This is sorta interesting. I don’t know why such strange things like fungus growing on a tree fascinates me and yet it does.

Upper Tremont Rd Smoky Mountains fungus on fallen trees


What have you been shooting with your camera lately? Do you enjoy people, scenery, or a combination of both best?

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Have a fototastic day! 😉


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Fearless & Abandoned Hope


Angela from Mommy Time Out and I would like to thank you for joining us for another edition of Wayback Wednesdays. To participate in this blog hop you don’t have to follow a bunch of rules. It’s simple! Just link up your blog, twitter, or Facebook below (only one please).

Leave a comment letting us know you are now our newest follower and we’ll pop over to your lovely blog. I’m looking forward to sharing memories with you!

Abandoned Hope

Linking today’s photos with these Wordless Wednesday communities.

Wordless Wednesday


Hanging with Friends

Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Smoky Mountain Rain & Rocky Top Fever

Cades Cove photo-edit with FotoFlexer

On Friday morning, we hopped in the car early and headed for the Smoky Mountains. Our initial destination: Cades Cove. Oh! My that’s God’s country – the most beautiful place in all the world or at least this is the way my father-in-law feels about it. I certainly must agree, it’s absolutely gorgeous.

More FotoFlexer photo-edit fun

Eventually, we made our way to Clingman’s Dome (highest point in the park) where the change in climate often time is drastically different from the valley. It’s common for us to find low hanging clouds in the Smoky’s as this is how it got its name – Land of the Blue Smoke.

This song rekindles fond memories for me. We moved into the area the summer of ’79. The following year, Ronnie Milsap’s cross-over country hit charted the billboard and became one of my favorite songs about the Smoky Mountains.


It’s back to school and with that comes football season! Whoot-Whoot! I didn’t consider myself a real “football fan” until I married and settled in Knoxville – home of the University of Tennessee. However, the longer we were here the more exposed I was and before I knew what happened I got the fever, Big Orange fever. Now, my blood runs deep orange, too!


Wish that I was on ol’ Rocky Top,
down in the Tennessee hills;
Ain’t no smoggy smoke on Rocky Top;
Ain’t no telephone bills;
Once I had a girl on Rocky Top;
Half bear, other half cat;
Wild as a mink, but sweet as soda pop,
I still dream about that;
Rocky Top, you’ll always be
home sweet home to me;
Good ol’ Rocky Top;
Rocky Top, Tennessee;
Rocky Top, Tennessee.
Once two strangers climbed ol’ Rocky Top,
lookin’ for a moonshine still;
Strangers ain’t come down from Rocky Top;
Reckon they never will;
Corn won’t grow at all on Rocky Top;
Dirt’s too rocky by far;
That’s why all the folks on Rocky Top
get their corn from a jar;
Rocky Top, you’ll always be
home sweet home to me;
Good ol’ Rocky Top;
Rocky Top, Tennessee;
Rocky Top, Tennessee.


There’s no amount of doctoring to cure this ole Rocky Top fever! Angela from Mommy Time Out and I would like to thank you for joining another edition of WAYBACK WEDNESDAYS. We hope you’ll decide to participate in our little meme where no rules apply. Simply link your blog, twitter, or Facebook below (only one please).

Leave a comment letting me know, if you’ve decide to join my friendship circle (GFC, NetworkedBlogs, Google+, etc) and I’ll pop over to your place soon. Don’t forget to show some love to Miss Angela.

Psst….Psst…can I ask a favor of you? Wayback Wednesdays doesn’t get much action or at least it’s not clear to me by the number of participants each week. I was wondering, if you’d share with your readers or tweet buddies to come join the fun with us on Wayback Wednesday. Thanks!

What wayback memories call to you on Wayback Wednesdays?