Cataloochee Valley {Mountain Trip Day Five}

December 07, 2011  •  Leave a Comment
On the final day of my trip across four Southern states, we woke up in Maggie Valley, North Carolina to rain. Not exactly the ideal weather when you're on a photography trip, but we made the best of it.

We packed up early and headed to Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The roads to Cataloochee are gravel and very, very, very curvy and narrow. The view at the top was worth all the tense driving though. Completely worth it.


The rain had done us a favor and left behind some beautiful fog. A photographers dream!


I felt like we were on top of the world - literally!


As we drove down into the valley, we spotted our first field of elk. I thought this cow nursing her calf was a sweet moment!


Here's the big man on campus. He was in charge of this herd and made sure he kept a close eye on all of his ladies.


He was also in charge of chasing off any other smaller bulls.





This is one of several houses in the valley.


I would love to wake up every day to this beautiful view of the valley.



The house was built so well, after all these years it felt as solid as a rock. I fell in love with all the wood walls inside. If only they could talk...



It continued to rain throughout the entire day and even most of the way to Alabama.


I got a few more pictures I just couldn't resist, like this gorgeous creek running through the valley.



And with the slight addiction I have to photographing roads, I surely couldn't pass this one up!


It didn't take a very long time in the rain for us to all feel like drowned rats, so we left for home a little earlier than we might have minus the rain. We stopped for lunch and again at this cute rest area in Tennessee and then we were Alabama bound!


It was the longest time Andy and I had been away from each other in five years, so I sure was happy to see him when I made it home late that Friday night. I am so lucky and thankful for a loving husband who supports me in everything I want to do! I also have to give a big shout out to my wonderful parents for letting me skip work for a week to follow my dreams. Thank you ALL so much for letting this happen!!

I love y'all! =)

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