Smoky Mountains car camping trip

June 2005

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Elaine, Sierra, Cooper and I had a fantastic ten day car camping trip visiting the mountainous areas of Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia.  Our friends, the Heists, joined us for much of the journey.  Along the way we camped in "Blue" (our 6 man tent which kept us dry), and saw Cumberland Falls State Park, Frozen Head State Park, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Joyce Kilmer Wilderness, and Cumberland Gab National Park.

Sierra and Cooper were able to adapt to car camping (sleeping in a tent and doing a couple mile hikes daily) like pros.  We can't wait to do it again!

Here's the trips theme song (2 mb).

 

Cumberland Falls

Sierra, Jake and Cooper

At Eagle Falls

Cooper and Sierra

Enjoying Eagle Falls

Cooper, Elaine, and Sierra

Cooper, Sierra, and Jake

Enjoying a camp fire

Sierra, Jake and Cooper

Sharing an ice cream cone

Neighbors campsite

Butterfly

Cumberland river

Tree roots

Cumberland Falls

1991 Dodge mini van

Car camping

Sierra and Elaine

Sierra getting bug repellent sprayed on her

Jake, Cooper, Sierra and Henry

Eating 'smores'

Hiking

Fungus

Waterfall

Sierra and Jake

Henry, Mike and Teri

Family photo

Cooper

Playing with his trucks

'Blue'

Keeping us dry

Henry, Elaine, Cooper, Teri, and Sierra

Relaxing

Sierra, Teri, Mike, Henry, and Jake

Enjoying Abrams creek

Cooper and Elaine

Enjoying Abrams creek

Sierra

Throwing a rock

Sierra and Cooper

Playing in the water

Sun rays

Crazy looking bug

Sierra and Elaine

Mike

Sierra

Hiking

Joyce Kilmer Wilderness

Sierra, Cooper, Mike and Henry

In a tree

River rock

Sierra and Jake

Cooking popcorn

Sierra, Cooper, and Henry

Eating popcorn

Cooper, Henry and Sierra

Playing in the Heist's truck

Cooper

Cades Cove

Panorama

 

Black bear

Grain mill

Family photo

Smoky Mountains from Newfound gap

Panorama

Smoky Mountains

View from Clingmans Dome

Smoky mountains

View from Clingmans Dome

Cooper and Sierra

All tuckered out

Cooper, Sierra, and Henry

Elaine, Teri, Cooper, Sierra, and Henry

Cataloochee creek

Elk

Elk

Sierra, Cooper, and Henry

Playing in a hammock

Henry, Teri, and Mike

In their rig

Road view

Blue Ridge Parkway view

Curvy roads

Norris Lake overlook

Panorama

Cumberland Gap

Sierra

Runnning up to the 'Gap"

Car camping

Sierra, Elaine and Cooper

Hiking

Cooper

Playing in a creek

Turtle

Tree

Cooper's handy work

Coins in the tape deck

Cumberland Gap view

Panorama

Click here to see a short video from the trip

 

Travel links

Trips from the last two years    Interactive travel map

 


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