Thursday, September 26, 2013

We Climbed and Climbed.

I got credit (on my fitbit) for 35 flights of stairs when we climbed up to the top of Clingman's Dome today.  In this pic you can see the tower at the very top; that's all that we could get in the pic. Everything else was covered by the fog!  It was sunny here in Gatlinburg, but it was truly the Smoky Mountains when we got up to Clingman's Dome.  Clingman's Dome is the highest point in these mountains, and right on the state line between Tennessee and North Carolina.  We had our jackets in the car; I had on two layers of shirts, but shorts, so I was sure glad we had those jackets.  I had my hiking sticks, but Lee refused to take his.  He had no idea what a climb it was and wouldn't take my word for it.  He ended up coming down using one of my sticks because his 'good' knee was really hacked at him about the whole trip.  I hated that we couldn't get a great view off the top, but we did get some good views on the way up and the climb was full of laughs and fun to do.  Everyone along the way had lots of fun remarks to make about how tough it was!  Well, there was that one girl who ran past us to make us all feel like dopes.  :)  I thank God we made it and managed to get the breath to make it to the top.  It was a good test for our hearts; they must be in great shape!

Tomorrow our plan is to drive to Cade's Cove.  Lee confirmed with me awhile ago that it is a DRIVING tour, not a hiking tour!  He's loving these mountains and I always have.  He keeps saying how much it reminds him of Colorado and that's his favorite place, so I know he's loving it.


  1. You two are having too much fun!! I'm glad you are going to Cade's is such an interesting place. You have to get out and walk to the church though! It's so fun to go into those places. Whatever you do I know you'll have fun! Love you! Ruthie

    1. Thanks for the heads up about walking to the church; surely we can do that! I'm just hoping we'll see some wildlife along the drive! Love and miss you!