Sunday, October 30, 2011


After hearing so many great things from family about Cataloochee 
and seeing the Elk we decided to make the 2 hour trip.

Directions as they read on the Nationa Park Service website...
Directions: The entrance road to Cataloochee Valley is a winding, gravel road that has some steep drop offs with no guard rails. The road is narrow, so drivers may be required to stop or back up their vehicles to allow oncoming motorists to pass. Horse trailer traffic may be encountered on the road. Please use caution when driving on this road.

Mountain driving is scarey...but so worth it...

There were about 15 elk in the field when we arrived....
 Minding their own business...
 Robert and I counted this as a 14 pointer, his rack was HUGE!
and then he let out a loud bugle...
 because of this idiot
and then they took off into the woods.
 We didn't originally plain to hike here but decided a little walk through the woods couldn't hurt
 The Smokies never disappoint

The Palmer Chapel

Since we were already in North Carolina we thought a stop at Roberts Alma Mater would be fun.
 Its a beautiful campus but also very packed since
school was in session so we hit up the
bookstore for some apparel.

 My wonderful husband knew how much I wanted to go over Newfound Gap 
on the way back to Gatlinburg and we had some time to spare, 
but as soon as we headed up the mountain the rain and fog set in.

This area was covered in snow the day we arrived in Gatlinburg and was again the day we left, too bad we missed it.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Weekend Wedding Extravaganza

Robert and I cant stop talking about how perfect all of our plans for the entire
weekend wedding extravaganza went. 
Everyone arrived safely, got along and the wedding was just beautiful. 
We could not have imagined it going any better.

Here are some pictures I snapped during the weekend.

...The View...

Mt Le Conte straight scross from us has snow at the peaks.
 Cloudy day from the 3rd floor balcony
 Looking towards Gatlinburg
 My lunch date while we wait for more family to arrive.
 This is downtown Gatlinburg...the space needle looks so small from the top of the mountain.

...The Decorations...

Memory vase for Robert's father and my mother
 The vase had pink and red roses for the types of cancer they passed from
pink for breast cancer and red for multiple myeloma
 My bouquet, the lace on the handle is from my moms wedding dress.
...The Food...

 Candy is food in my book
 Eva and Gordon's delicious roast
 The grooms cake

 The wedding cake and topper

...Most Importantly, The Family...

 The Clewell's

 The bachelor party

Our entertainment for the weekend

Wedding party opening their gifts