Wednesday, May 24, 2006

renewal of spirit

Time and again over the years we have been drawn to this area of Elkmont. Unlike some of the other overcrowded areas of the Great Smoky Mountains (Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Cades Cove), this destination is still peaceful and serene. The only sound is the rushing river over the big boulders.


There are lots of things to explore without ever leaving the campground, trails to hike, wildflowers to find, the historic district of old houses and hotel, two cemeteries left by long-ago residents of the area. The campground roads and loops are paved and run flat along the river, great for riding bikes. Once when riding our bikes we had to stop for a deer to cross in front of us.

A few late bloomers









Historic District and CCC Bridge










We sat under the canopy of our camper and watched it rain. The campground is in a beautiful area along the Little River, among the giant Tulip Poplar trees, their blossoms floating down to cover the picnic table and ground along with the rain. The air was filled with smoke from rain-doused campfires. The sound of the summer thunderstorm echoed through the valley. Unlike at home where there is always work to be done, no guilt arose from sitting and resting and just being…

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. - John Burroughs

9 comments:

LZ Blogger said...

What a beautiful area and such nice photographs too! Thanks! ~ jb///

Motherkitty said...

I know you had fun camping. Your pictures are beautiful and peaceful-looking. What a great little vacation spot. Thanks for sharing.

Tammy said...

As long is was deer crossing and not bears~~shiver~~beautiful!

jellyhead said...

No wonder you felt restful - these spots look utterly gorgeous.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

You take such beautiful pictures and your writing is incredible...makes me want to be there watching it rain with you.

doubleknot said...

Thank you for sharing. I can almost imagine the quiet peacful place from your writing and pictures.
Glad you had fun.

TUFFENUF said...

Nice, beautiful post. I am glad someone else likes camping as much as I do. Lately, I have had to go by myself - and I thought it might be lonely, but it was very peaceful and quiet.

John Cowart said...

Everything there looks so lush and green. Down here we haven't had a drop of rain in weeks and all is wilting.

The only mist I get to see is in your great photos.

Alice said...

Let's hope this area stays just the way it is for many, many years. Preferably for ever. Thank you for taking us in words and photos to so many beautiful places in your part of the world.