It’s been a busy week! Lots of fun and painting! We enjoyed a delightful hike this past week along with friends Fred and Pat, to Andrew’s Bald, here in the Smokies! It was a lovely, cool morning as we began our hour-long drive along the winding road leading us through the Smoky Mountain National Park. When we reached the Clingman’s Dome parking lot, we were afforded a beautiful view with a blanket of clouds nestled down amidst the mountains, making it almost look like a vast ocean existed between the mountain ranges. The air was quite brisk as we mounted our waist-packs and backpacks and with walking sticks in hand began our day-long journey! A few steps onto the trail and we realized that we had chosen a wise time to hike this delightful trail, as the assorted native berry bushes were covered with ripe berries! As you can imagine, we stopped right away to enjoy eating these little edible treats, which were quite tasty! Blueberries, Blackberries, and Red Raspberries were our favorites! Each time that Fred and Pat wanted to stop for a couple minutes rest, I was perfectly content to pick and eat my way around them. We went along the beautiful trail, which in many sections, consists of huge rocks carefully and painstakingly moved into place, creating what appears to be an amazing ancient stone path.
We stopped for numerous photos and to occasionally pet the lush green moss lining the path, but mostly to eat berries! I decided that I must’ve consumed close to a few quarts, by the time we left the trail later that afternoon! In a couple of hours, we left the seclusion of the rhododendron-lined tunnel, and walked out onto the beautiful bald, just in time for lunch. So we spread out our blanket and there on what felt like the top of the world, enjoyed our lunch and soaking up the sun! While sitting there, part of the view became completely obscured from on top, as a huge cloud had swept down from the sky and consumed a large section of some of the distant mountain ranges. Before long it looked as if this massive cloud was moving our way and was about to engulf us as well! I told everyone that it reminded me of what could’ve been a great Alfred Hitchcock movie called “The Cloud”, as it was a little eerie. After topping off our lunch with more delicious fresh berries, we started our journey back along the shaded lush trail, with a few spots along the way, appearing as if the clouds were slowly moving through.
We were serenaded by the beautiful melodious tunes of numerous birds as we went along, taking a break every now and then to have just a few more berries. Later that afternoon, we found ourselves back at the trailhead were we started earlier that morning, only it was a bit warmer by then. Back in the truck, we enjoyed the relaxing drive back through the park to Townsend.
Wes and I have also been able to enjoy daily bike rides around town, while taking advantage of the cooler morning air. We also had friends Fred, Barb, Darlene and Bill over to play Mexican Train Dominoes this past Friday evening, and guess what . . . yours truly won! Last evening we had artist friend, Kit Gentry, over for supper on the back porch, consisting of my homemade Salmon patties, mac-n-cheese and cole slaw. Later while watching one of our favorite hilarious movies “Baby’s Day Out”, we all enjoyed a piece of chocolate cake topped with Carmel glaze. As well as getting a lot of painting done this coming week, we’re also hoping to enjoy another hike with friends, while taking advantage of our nice weather!
Fresh off the easel ~ I’m currently still working on a secret commission as well as a floral still life while Wes finished his painting of a Glossy Ibis this past week.
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