Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fall Colors in Gatlinburg

Last week, we headed to Gatlinburg, TN to take Ethan to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Ethan's 2nd National Park!).  We enjoyed great warm day, one cool and rainy day that made the leaves really pop with color, and one cold day where we saw snow at the higher elevations.  We did lots of drives through the park and went to three park visitor centers for passport stamps...even the one in North Carolina.  We also did a hike to Grotto Falls and saw some neat historic cabins, a farm museum, and a working grist mill.

We are so lucky that Ethan is a great traveler.  He missed seeing the snow because he was sleeping in the car but otherwise he had fun seeing the pretty leaves and all the unique people in Gatlinburg!

The grist mill at Cade's Cove.

At Cade's Cove

Our cabin -- Mountain Mint
Hiking to Grotto Falls
At Grotto Falls
A little bit of Autumn in the background with a lot of Winter up close
At the Oconaluftee Vistor Center in Cherokee, NC
The ranger gave Ethan a "Friends of the Rangers" sticker to put on his hat
Walking around the Mountain Farm Museum
A pretty drive
We had to stop and show Ethan where his
Mommy and Daddy got married

Of course, we had to spend some time in downtown Gatlinburg too!

Ethan thinks something's not right about that scarecrow.
I love the look on Ethan's face here

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