The morning was perfect as we mounted our bikes and began our journey around cades cove. With the absence of fog, we could see forever as we first entered the small one lane road. The air was quite cool and after descending down the first hill with the cold air blowing across my skin, the goose bumps surfaced and Wes laughed as he peeked over to see whether or not they were yet showing. Several Tom Turkeys were the first greeters of the morning as they gallantly and slowly strolled through the field to the left of us, searching for edible tidbits for their breakfast. It was a lovely sight with hundreds of the white, lacy flowers of Queen Anne’s Lace along with a few yellow Black-eyed Susies and Daisies scattered about. It served as a beautiful diner for these turkeys to enjoy as they began their day. Around the next few curves we came upon a White-tailed Deer peacefully grazing and switching its short white fluffy tail back and forth.
Being warmed up and having enjoyed gentle sloping declines and ascents thus far, we were ready for “the hill” as we, on bikes, like to refer to one of the 2 hills that take a bit of endurance and work to ride up. With hearts rapidly pounding, we were then awarded with a nice downward sloping hill on which to coast and let the cool breeze blow through our hair. Seeing the beautiful old churches in the cove standing alone without being surrounded by cars and people, they seem to have such a peaceful and serene look to them drawing one to come in, sit and rest awhile. Rounding yet another curve we came into a clearing that delighted with a 360 degree view of flowering fields with the mountains serving as the backdrop in the distance. Another deer was spotted at a distance, in a field before taking a few minutes break while eating our banana. Being fully recharged with our super food, we started on our way once again, slowly meandering around curves, up hills and down hills.
Towards the end of the loop we saw another deer and a lone turkey enjoying their solitude in one of the fields rich with the native grasses. Minutes before exiting the loop road, we experienced one of those “wow” moments when I so wish I would’ve had my camera ready. Just to the right of the heavily forest lined road a carriage being drawn by a handsome black horse was making its way down the horse trail when suddenly the entire thing was lit by a few rays of sunlight penetrating the dense woods, with the soft shady colors surrounding the glowing horse and buggy, it became an ethereal setting! Oh, if only I had a photographic memory at times such as this or either a quicker draw on the camera! We finished off the wonderful morning experience with a traditional lunch at Pizza Hut for our anniversary. Why Pizza Hut, well because that’s where we had our very first date almost 21 years ago. It was a wonderful way to celebrate our Anniversary.
Fresh off the easel; Wes finished his painting “Functional Design” this past week.
On the easels; I’m continuing to paint on a commission of a wonderful miniature of Reni’s “Michael the Archangel”. I hope to finish it this next week and will share it as soon as I do so.
My parents arrived this past Saturday evening, so we’ve been really enjoying their company and just relaxing a bit. The 4 of us arrived in southern Indiana later today in time to enjoy a wonderful dinner at the Kingfish with Wes’ entire family! Lots of talking, laughing, eating and catching up! I’ll share some highlights form the visits with our families next week.
Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂