After a lovely french toast breakfast, we packed lunch and headed out to Clingman’s Dome, along Newfound Gap Road. We noticed more color appearing on the Tennessee side of the park…
There are a couple trails that always lure a lot of hikers. Alum Cave Trail is one,
and Abrams Falls is another.
The colors along Newfound Gap Road have changed dramatically since the heavy rain and winds. Lower elevations are now turning,
the trees are mostly bare at Newfound Gap…
The Beech Trees are a beautiful copper color…
Heading up the mountain to Clingman’s Dome, traffic slowed and came to a standstill. Many just parked along the road and walked up, but I needed a close parking place as I wasn’t walking very far today. So, we creeped forward and found a spot to park. It was still quite cool out, but it was a beautiful day. Not a crystal clear view, but pretty good.
I asked a passerby to snap our photo together, as we were celebrating our 41st Wedding Anniversary. I am amazed just how long we have been married and how quickly the time has gone by. I want to enjoy every minute of whatever time we have left, and spend time with family and friends, and camp as much as possible!
I went in the Visitor Center, got my park stamp, and made some purchases. And, joked along with the staff. I should have gotten that guy’s picture. He was a volunteer, wore no name tag, and had quite a sense of humor.
No picnic tables today, but we had a lovely tailgate lunch on Big Red.