Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Clingman's dome

Well, Clingman's dome did not conquer us, we conquered it after many stops along the way for little legs, and mom's legs. It was quite an ascent. And a wonderful view all the way around! The kids said it was worth the hike. They loved the views of Smokies. It brought back many memories for me of the different times we went as a family, and different ages I was. Bob and I came, I think twice, and did a lot of hiking then. Hah, I would have to get in better shape. At the Ranger's station, they have a gift shop, and the kids found stuffed black bears. We bought each one a bear, and they immediately named them. Then they were treating them like they were babies. Yes, babies. They even went up clingman's dome with the kids. Although Katy toward the end of the hike started saying, I wish I had not brought the bear. Too late for that. But the bears did make it back down the moutain and took naps in the car along with the kids.

I really had a sense of peace being in the mountains today. Can't explain it but I did. Thanks for all your comments, and keeping up with our trip.

4 comments:

the reverend mommy said...

I climbed that ... once. Once was enough for this girl!

mompriest said...

I love the mountains. I'm from the Rockies. But the Smokies are pretty fab too! Enjoy the rest of you trip and this great time as a family.

TN Rambler said...

Sounds like a wonderful vacation. I feel very lucky that I can be in the middle of the Smokies in just an hour and a half from my home. Hiking on some out of the way trail (or a segment of the AT) makes me feel closer to God. Be safe in your travels home.

gavin richardson said...

i once did a night hike (not recommended) with my brother and dogs over to clingmans and to an appalachian trail shed. weather got bad and ended up sleeping off the trail at the top of the mountain. later we took the drive up to see what we missed. it's very nice