Walking in the Woods!!!
by Rachelle Siegrist
Wes’ parents arrived at our home here in the Smokies this past Wednesday and we have been on the go ever since! We enjoyed a picnic in Cades Cove and riding around the loop road, while counting turkey and deer the first evening. It was a beautiful one too, complete with a gorgeous sunset over the mountains!
No matter how many times we visit Cades Cove, it’s always a joy and inspiring as an artist, as we love painting the historic barns and home places located there, as well as the numerous gorgeous vistas, scenes and resident wildlife!
The next day we headed over to Roaring Fork near Gatlinburg, but recent high winds in our area combined with the wildfires last year, had caused numerous trees to fall, therefore temporarily closing the loop drive. So after visiting one accessible log cabin and barn, we decided to hike the Gatlinburg Trail. Following alongside the river, it’s always a pleasant relaxing walk, and was gorgeous, dressed in lush green foliage.
Numerous Mountain Laurel were blooming showcasing their delicate light pink flowers dotted throughout the woods, adding even more beauty!
Of course if there’s water around and it’s not frozen I usually get in . . . most of the time! I just couldn’t resist the stunningly clear water, and after my legs went numb, it didn’t feel too bad . . . Ha Ha! Sadly I couldn’t convince any of the others to play in the water with me though.
Yesterday was spent at the 27th Wilderness Wildlife Week event held in Pigeon Forge. What a fun and interesting day it was as we attended several different lectures and presentations, including a hammered dulcimer concert, as well as an old fashioned harp note singing! We really enjoyed “The People of Cades Cove” presentation and were thrilled to hear stories about life in the cove from about a dozen people who were actually born inside the cove! I learned that “When you can step on your head, it’s 12 noon”, in other words being able to step on the shadow of your head. Another person told about living in the cove after it became a National Park, that it was like the goldfish bowl effect, as people were always watching them and asking questions, mostly kind of ridiculous ones. One tourist asked the cove resident if he realized there was a deer pasturing with his cattle, to which his father quickly replied, “Why yes I do . . . I milk her along with the cows!” (They had a Jersey Cow among their Herefords) I found this a brilliant answer to a silly question! Another highlight was the presentation “What is it?” where the audience was shown objects found in the cove and we were to guess what they were, and I was thrilled to have guessed one correctly! I also learned of a few more awesome places to camp, kayak and hike! Needless to say, we came away more knowledgable in so many ways!
What a better way to cook a gourmet Mother’s Day lunch than over an open fire, so we did just that, and it was delicious! I want to wish all of you special Moms out there a very Happy Mothers Day, especially to my own amazing Mom who has loved, prayed for and taken care of our family in tremendous ways throughout the years, and to my special Mother-n-law Jeanie!
~ Fresh off the Easels ~
I finished my latest dog commission this past week featuring a mule seat full of joy and love!! I had so much fun painting this adorable bundle of fur and told their mommy I would love to sit on that seat and hold them all in my lap! You can’t help but smile when looking at this fun painting!
Wes finished his landscape painting of the John Oliver cabin in Cades Cove this past week, as viewed from a seldom seen angle. We never tire of seeing, hiking to and painting these great historical beauties and national treasures!
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Until next time . . .