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Day 13 - 1st June 2012


Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cades Cove

Waterfalls, bears & foggy summits

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After the authentic Dolly experience the day before it was time to get into the Smoky Mountains themselves...





Miche on the walk to Laurel Falls...





One of those useful signs warning you of the bleeding obvious...







Wild turkeys in the rain...










We'd seen a bear earlier at a distance in the long grass, but this one was happily searching for food in the woods...










Clingman Dome

On the border of Tennessee and North Carolina and at 6643 feet it's the highest point in Smoky Mountains.

It's a bit of a cheat as you can drive to within half a mile of summit and just walk the rest - unfortunately the clouds were about 200m too low to get any views from the very top...







On the Appalation Trail - not a trail to be taken lightly, it's 2174 miles long...







About 200m below the summit you escaped the clouds...




Lower down still...














Jellyfish at The Aquarium of the Smokies. It was the most impressive aquarium that I've ever been to, with a huge shark pool as well as large, well-presented tanks of Weedy Seadragons, Spider Crabs, Octopus, etc..




I've always wanted to see a Horseshoe Crab and was able to go one better here...




Horseshoe Crabs...







With a name like this, we had to give it a try...




Health food it wasn't - just the starters were enough to make a cardiologist weep - Miche tucked into fried green tomatoes, while I had the fried pickles...




Next stop - day 14 - Mount LeConte

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Day 1 - Travel Day 2 - Everglades NP Day 3 - Florida Keys 
Day 4 - Biscayne NP Day 5 - Shark Valley Day 6 - Kayak & Boat
Day 7 - Fossil Hunting Day 8 - Manatees part 1 Day 9 - Manatees part 2
Day 10 - Memphis Day 11 - Memphis to Gatlinburg Day 12 - Dollywood
Day 13 - Cades Cove Day 14 - Mount LeConte Day 15 - Gatlinburg to DC
Day 16 - Washington Day 17 - Smithsonian