Western North Carolina, 2018

 

In the spring of 2018 the family visited western North Carolina, including the cities of Cherokee and Asheville NC, Gatlinburg TN, and two state parks.

 

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Somewhere on I-40. Sunday, Easter, so Zoe decapitates a chocolate rabbit.

 

 

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Smoky Mountain National Park - Oconaluftee Visitor Center. The Bucks letting Ron know which way to go. (At least not down.)

 

We decided to skip the busy, Vegas-style downtown Gatlinburg and did the nearby 8 mile loop of the “Arts and Crafts Community.” We got about a third done in 4 hours.

See http://www.gatlinburgcrafts.com/

 

 

 

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Gatlinburg, TN – Ownby’s Woodcrafts. The Ogle family doing woodcrafts since the late 1800s. (35.743321, -83.456085)

 

 

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Smoky Mountain National Park. Traveling back to Cherokee we did an impromptu stop at a mountain stream.

 

 

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Bryson, NC – Great Smoky Mountain Railroad (GSMR). The family getting ready to board the train for a 4 hour trip through the Nantahala Gorge.

 

 

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Great Smokey Mountain Railroad – The official family photo.

 

 

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Nantahala Gorge – River's End Restaurant (& Nantahala Outdoor Center). We had lunch at this delightful restaurant on our hour long stop. This area seems a real hot bed of water sports, even on this cool day. (35.331266, -83.592162)

 

 

Cherokee, NC. The next day it was the museums and crafts in Cherokee. The sign says ‘Welcome’ or ‘ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ’ (pronounced ‘u-li-he-li-s-di’).

 

 

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Cherokee, NC - Museum of the Cherokee Indian. This is a world-class museum with a matter-of-fact history of the Cherokee Nation. Recommended! Here Andrew and Zoe are looking at arrow heads.

 

 

Cherokee, NC. - Museum of the Cherokee Indian. A display of dance masks.

 

 

Cherokee, NC - Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Richard Saunooke doing some really wonderful beadwork. Some of the belts on display are antique and nearly priceless.

 

 

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Next to the Cherokee Museum is Qualla Arts and Crafts. There Andrew Buckles got this traditional war club for his birthday!

 

 

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Asheville, NC - Western North Carolina Nature Center. Much like our own VLM, here the family looks at creepy-crawly things in the World Underground exhibit.

 

 

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Asheville, NC - Western North Carolina Nature Center. An otter chasing its own tail and really enjoying itself.

 

 

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Asheville, NC - Western North Carolina Nature Center. Two cougars doing a head butt. Beautiful animals.

 

 

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Asheville, NC - Western North Carolina Nature Center. A “bridge” over troubled waters that Carol and Andrew really wanted to cross, but were able to restrain themselves.

 

 

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DuPont State Forest (NC) – Theresa at the base of the Triple Falls on the Little River. (35.199074, -82.617125) Andrew and Zoe in the background.

 

 

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DuPont State Forest (NC) – The Triple Falls. So beautiful. Total drop of 125 ft. (35.199048, -82.618098) This falls is seen in the movies “Last of the Mohicans” and “Hunger Games.”

 

 

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DuPont State Forest (NC) – Near where the last picture was taken, Carol found some Bobcat prints.

 

 

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Chimney Rock State Park (NC) – Hickorynut Falls. Total drop 404 ft. Most of us decide to hike out to the bottom Hickorynut Falls, also seen in the movie “Last of the Mohicans.” (35.433433, -82.259080)

 

 

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Chimney Rock State Park (NC) – Hickorynut Falls. Carol, Andrew and Zoe at the base of the falls. They said the water was really cold. (Theresa decided to climb all the way up to the top of Chimney Rock!)

 

 

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Asheville, NC - North Carolina Arboretum. A really pretty arboretum with huge bonsai collection and a large model train display. Here Carol grips an apple from the 'tree of the knowledge of good and evil.' Note the snakes at the top. And no, she did not bite it.

 

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