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Elk In The Cataloochee Valley

Wednesday , 9, July 2014 Comments Off on Elk In The Cataloochee Valley

After unexpectedly seeing a huge bull elk in Maggie Valley earlier in the day on Wednesday, June 25th and enjoying a pleasant walk around Lake Junaluska, we drove to the Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at dusk to see the nightly arrival of the elk coming out of the woods into […]

Walking Around Lake Junaluska

Tuesday , 8, July 2014 Comments Off on Walking Around Lake Junaluska

On Wednesday, June 25th, after we saw the unusual sight of a bull elk in Maggie Valley, we continued on to our original destination; Lake Junaluska. Lake Junaluska is a beautiful body of water just east of Maggie Valley surrounded by historic homes, a walking area that runs all the way around the edge of […]

Elk In Maggie Valley

Monday , 7, July 2014 Comments Off on Elk In Maggie Valley

On Wednesday, June 25th we planned to walk around Lake Junaluska and then drive up to see the elk at Cataloochee, but driving down the main highway in Maggie Valley on the way to Lake Junaluska we were alerted that a full grown bull elk had made its way into Maggie and was easily visible […]

After we left Dry Falls on Tuesday, we took Amber and Abby swimming at the Cliffside Recreational Park which was just down the road.  

After going to Bridal Veil Falls – The Drive-Thru Waterfall, we drove to Dry Falls and enjoyed a picnic lunch before walking down the steps to view the waterfall. Although Cindy had previously read about this waterfall we had both forgotten one of the more exciting points about it; you can walk behind this massive […]

Lunch At The Cataloochee Ranch In Maggie Valley

Tuesday , 24, June 2014 Comments Off on Lunch At The Cataloochee Ranch In Maggie Valley

Monday we took Amber and Abby up to the Cataloochee Ranch for lunch and a chance to see the horses they keep at the ranch. Thanks very much to the great staff at Cataloochee Ranch for making our day such a fun one!

On Sunday we took Amber and Abby over to Asheville to visit the Western North Carolina Nature Center, see the various animals and enjoy a picnic lunch while there. Here are some photos from the visit.       We also were able to see a bear, deer, a red falcon, a horned owl, a […]

Hiking To Soco Falls

Sunday , 22, June 2014 Comments Off on Hiking To Soco Falls

On the way back from swimming in the Oconaluftee River, we stopped to enjoy the short hike to Soco Falls at the Eastern edge of the Cherokee Reservation.   Here’s a video showing one of the creeks that feeds part of Soco Falls.

As mentioned previously, Friday we drove over to Cherokee, NC so Amber could shop, a picnic lunch and to let Abby swim in the Oconaluftee River that runs through the center of this Native American town and reservation.        

Yesterday we traveled over to Cherokee, NC so that Amber could do some shopping and Abby could go swimming in the Oconaluftee River. Rather than drive the winding, rollercoaster-like portion of Highway 19 between Maggie Valley and Cherokee, I drove us up the portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway that runs between Maggie Valley and […]

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