In the Fall of 2006 The Big Guy  and I took a trip to Gatlinburg, TN at the end of leaf season. For a couple of Texans the colors were amazing even at the end of the season (meaning the leaves where starting to fall off). In Texas or least the part where I grew up leaves are really only 2 colors: green and brown. Green in the spring time or until it gets too hot and dry then the leaves just die and turn brown.

Cades Cove

Cades Cove is a part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is full of a variety of wildlife but also includes an 11-mile loop that features historic buildings from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

Path leading to the Oliver Cabin
Oliver Honeymoon Cottage

John and Lurany Oliver were the first pioneers to settle in the area in 1818. Their descendants were still living in the Cove when it became a part of the national park.  Kermit Caughron, descendant of the Olivers lived there until his death in 1999.

Cades Cove Methodist Church

John P. Cable Mill


Learn more about Cades  cove in the original post.

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