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Another cool morning, but warm day. I decided to check out the part of Great Smoky Mountain National Park that i didn't visit last year. According to my GPS it was around 50 miles of twisty, narrow two lane road, and it was. Beautiful drive with creeks along side the road most of the way. My objective was the Mingus Mill. I stopped a number of times for photos of streams, and, on one occasion, a black bear with 2 cubs. The photos are lousy - the bears were behind branches that made auto focus useless, and there was no point where any of them were in the clear. Still, the first black bears I've seen in the park.
On the way back I stopped to hike to Laural Falls. 2.6 miles round trip, mostly uphill on the way. Very crowded, although the volunteer said it wasn't. In any case, difficult to get photos without people. After that it was back to the campground. About 5 1/2 hours for the trip.
|Smoky Mountain Creeks||Wildflowers|
|Mama Bear||A Cub||The Smoky Mountains|
|Mingus Mill||Smoky Mountain Creeks|
|Smoky Mountain Creeks||Laural Falls||Laural Falls|
I also added these photos a new page at my Smoky Mountain National Park page.
Dinner was P. F. Chang's Orange Chicken.
Until next time -
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