Camping in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Camping in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

I recently accepted a new Art Director role at a really wonderful agency in Chicago, and while I was between the two positions I decided to pack Sophia & Will up and go on a road trip. We decided to head to Great Smoky Mountains National Park to do some camping in our vintage trailer before school starts. -One last escape before we all head back to work and books.

Camping in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Will being sworn in after completing the Junior Ranger program.

Will being sworn in after completing the Junior Ranger program.

Our vintage Avion camper, Matilda, in the Smokies

Our vintage Avion camper, Matilda, in the Smokies

At the Tennessee / North Carolina state line

At the Tennessee / North Carolina state line

Day hike on the Appalachian Trail.

Day hike on the Appalachian Trail.

At the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

At the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Great Smoky Mountains

Beautiful old tree roots

Beautiful old tree roots

Fi hiking the Appalachian Trail

Fi hiking the Appalachian Trail

Day hiking on the Appalachian Trail

Day hiking on the Appalachian Trail

Those ground hornets don't play!

Those ground hornets don’t play!

Hunting for lizards

Hunting for lizards

Mom swoon!

Mom swoon!

Hiking to Rainbow Falls

Hiking to Rainbow Falls

Streams framed by wild rhododendrons

Streams framed by wild rhododendrons

Sister & brother winding down from the day in our vintage Avion.

Sister & brother winding down from the day in our vintage Avion.

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Painted cabin

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Cabin attic

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Old painted stone fireplace. The paint was actually original.

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Stacked stones hold the old cabin up

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Painted cabin in the Smoky Mountains. The paint was original, from Sears, and used “all 3 available colors”.

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Old cabin fence

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Cascades and rock towers

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These little stone towers were left behind at one of the mountain streams.

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It’s all hilarious! I love her laughter.

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Fi catching salamanders by the waterfalls

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Woozle, the little brother

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Green misty mountains as far as the eye could see

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Everything was so lush and green

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A good place for a fairy to live.

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I was entranced with the beautiful old roots.

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Beautiful Smokies

Stone fireplace at the Bud Ogle Cabin, Great Smoky Mountains

Stone fireplace at the Bud Ogle Cabin, Great Smoky Mountains

Outdoor wash basins, Bud Ogle Cabin, Great Smoky Mountains

Outdoor wash basins, Bud Ogle Cabin, Great Smoky Mountains

Fi at the Bud Ogle Cabin, Great Smoky Mountains

Fi at the Bud Ogle Cabin, Great Smoky Mountains

Bud Ogle Cabin, Great Smoky Mountains

Bud Ogle Cabin, Great Smoky Mountains

Barn at the Bud Ogle Cabin, Great Smoky Mountains

Barn at the Bud Ogle Cabin, Great Smoky Mountains

Bud Ogle Cabin, Great Smoky Mountains

Bud Ogle Cabin, Great Smoky Mountains

Blue moon rising over The Smoky Mountains

Blue moon rising over The Smoky Mountains

Sister & brother swimming in the mountain streams

Sister & brother swimming in the mountain streams

Fi enjoying the waterfalls and streams

Fi enjoying the waterfalls and streams