One thing we love about the Great Smoky Mountains is how the mountain changes constantly. Many times, you can sit on the deck and watch the “smoke” drift by.
One minute you can barely see anything, then the next minute the whole mountain range appears. It has always fascinated me!
Why are they named the Smoky Mountains?
The Smokies are named for the blue mist that always seems to hover around the peaks and valleys. The Cherokee called them shaconage, (shah-con-ah-jey) or “place of the blue smoke”. This is how the “Blue Ridge Mountains” got their name as well.
Whatever the reason, for me, it has a calming effect on me that reduces my stress and gives me perspective on my life and the world around us.
Pictures just do not do it justice, don’t you think?
Ever since I was big enough to remember, I have always loved the mountains. Every summer my daddy would choose a day, wake us up before dawn, load us up in the car, and surprise us with a trip to the mountains. We always went to the same place … Helen, GA. We would explore the town a bit, have lunch, and then drive around. Usually, we would end up at Brasstown Bald and stroll up to the peak. Every trip, he would tell us how you could see seven states from there on a clear day. It was always special, and I grew to love those Smoky mountains. To this day, the very sight of those peaks coming in to view fills me with joy.
Well, last week my son and I got to explore a bit in the smokies. We had some timeshare points left to use, and…
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