Thursday, November 2, 2006

more of the smokies

thought i'd write a little more about my trip....man it sure seems like a long time ago!  as you know, the trip happened due to business, and i talked hubby into meeting me up there for a long weekend get-away.  team building exercises are one of the all time favorites of the company...many of them i am glancing at the side door hoping for a chance to escape.  this trip's activity was really fun, though.  laser tag!!!  yep...this middle aged, overweight, nana donned vest and manned a laser gun and snuck around a dark room, hiding behind walls, jumping out and firing at the 'enemy'.  my roommate was on the opposite team, and we had made this deal....we wouldn't shoot one another.  lol  yeah...right!  i'm not sure who shot the other first....but once we had that gear on and weapon in hand, we became very competitive.  i'm not really sure that anything is actually accomplished by these activities....i mean at this point in our lives and careers..... you are either a team player or  not, right??  anyway....my team won....and i was actually awarded the title 'cosmic sergeant'.   that was 3rd ranking from the bottom.  lol 

so here are a few more pics....

the colors were so amazing!!! 

 

an old grist mill...pretty interesting.  you can actually enter and go up to 2nd floor...3rd floor closed.

    

there were many beautiful chapels.  2 years ago, i looked at getting married in a chapel like this in the smokies....but we chose the cruise instead.

a visitor's center

coming in for a landing on little pigeon river....

       

can you believe these colors???  it was so beautiful. this was sunrise at clingman's dome...definitely the highlight of the trip!

22 comments:

mariebm56 said...

These are wonderful & AMAZING shots!
Marie

nhd106 said...

OMG OMG OMG...fan freakin' tastic!

Nancy

midwestvintage said...

 Thats its, were moving.  That is so beautiful.  We don't get the red trees here and the mountains, just unbelievable.

                       Julie

lsfp1960 said...

beautiful pictures....you could renew your vows in one of those beautiful little churches.  Linda in WA    

queenb8261 said...

What GORGEOUS photos.  You've taken some awesome pictures.  Thanks for sharing.
Barb  

madcobug said...

OHHH. I love these pictures. Wish I were there now but by now I bet the pretty colors are about gone. That is an amazing picture on Clingman's Dome. When we went there on our honeymoom 16 years ago just about all the trees on top were dead from like of oxygen or acid rain. Everything looked so desolate, I wanted to cry. I have worried about it all these years. It appears that some have made a come back. Helen

inquestoftruth said...

Would you just LOOK at that!   and those last two pics...WOWOW!   Where was that old grist mill??    Not on Roaring Forks...
~Meg

reconcilinglife said...

What incredible photos....I am so glad you can take these for us...where exactly is Clingman's dome? Bam

pharmolo said...

Great autumn pics, thanks for sharing

magran42 said...

Beautiful pictures....makes me jealous.

jlocorriere05 said...

These are beautiful shots Gina, I love the Smokies and the colours are out of this world! Jeannette xx  

ladeeoftheworld said...

My favorite part of the country....so homey.

wjgreiner said...

Nice catch on those photos at Clingman's Dome. You should send a copy of those to the tourism folks in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge. Those look to me like commercial photos the visitors bureau would probably pay $$ for. Thanks for sharing them!!

am4039 said...

those pictures are just stunning and I love all the colors. Hope you all had a great time.

beckerb6 said...

absolutely beautiful pictures
Barbara

gotomaria said...

Georgeous photos!  You have done some great work here!  How fun ...laser tag is pretty crazy...but much better than paintball tag.....! :)
Maria

tendernoggle said...

OMG! SOOOOOOOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL! I HAVE BEEN TOT HE SMOKIES SO MANY TIMES....THESE ARE SO BEAUTIFUL....I JUST FOUND YOUR JOURNAL AND HAVE PUT YOU ON MY ALERTS.
HUGS,
CARLENE

dreamingbrwneyes said...

You have a real talent with the camera, these pictures are beautiful!

~ Jenny

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lazarai said...

WOW!!! These are soooo gorgeous. You could/should sell them!!

:) Carol

luv4musicandlife said...

You deffinately have a talent. It's so beautiful.Good work Girl!!

aimer said...

Your photos take my breath away!  You aren't trying to be a photographer; you are a very skilled photographer.  They are all wonderful but I particularly like "coming in for a landing."--Sheria
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rainy35 said...

Beautiful pics.  I'll be going to the Smokies for Thanksgiving week.  Congrats on being one of the guest editor's picks.
~Dana (fellow Alabamian)
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