Monday, October 16, 2006

Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

Andrew was gone for the second half of his scout training this weekend, so the kids and I had our own little getaway. We took a drive up into the Great Smokey Mountains, along the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was breathtaking! I loved it. The kids are starting to get colds and I think they were a little tired. They weren't really into hiking, which I wanted to do. But, we had a nice picnic and a short little stroll.

This was a stop about halfway up the mountain.
You can see that just a few of the trees had started changing.

This is one of the best pictures I got
that shows the bright reds, yellows, and oranges.
Oh, and the boy in the foreground is pretty cute, too.

The drive itself was spectacular. I wish I could've captured
the gorgeous panorama all around me, but this was the best I could do.

You can see that the Smokey Mountains are more
like rolling hills, compared to the Rockies. :)

I had visions of taking some awesome pics of the kids.
I got them dressed up all cute and got them in place.
They were not very cooperative. Not intentionally being bratty,
just looking off at the wrong times or making goofy faces.
Believe it or not, this was the best one I got of the two of them
before the batteries on my camera died.


Sandy said...

Cute pictures! I had always pictured the Smokey Mountains as being a little more intense -- like Matterhorn mountain at Disneyland or something, with ominous fog all around them. Show what I know!

Utah Grandma said...

Stunning shots of the blue ridge mountains - I would love to see them in the fall - They're so spectacular - One of my favorite memories is going to the Tweetsie Town Railroad with you and Brandon and Whitney, when Whitney was just a new baby and we rode in the death-defying chair lift across the mountainside! THAT wasn't my favorite part.