Hiking through woods by a stream and wandering through meadows looking for spring wildflowers is the perfect day for me.
If you have curly hair, you already know that any style is a moving target, and you rarely hit it. You are seeing the result of taking a shower, combing out my hair, and leaving shortly after 6 AM with it still wet. I am wearing Beautycounter stick sunscreen on my face (here) and spray sunscreen elsewhere (here). My Lip Conditioner in Peppermint is here.
Cades Cove is an isolated valley located in the Tennessee section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The valley was home to numerous settlers before the formation of the national park, including my fifth Great-Uncle. Today Cades Cove, the single most popular destination for visitors to the park, attracts more than two million visitors a year because of its well-preserved homesteads, scenic mountain views, and abundant wildlife.
My sister has been researching our genealogy. When we learned that the brother of our fifth-great-grandfather homesteaded in this valley, we knew we had to visit the site.
These photos are of Tipton Place, built in the 1880s by the descendants of Revolutionary War veteran William “Fighting Billy” Tipton. (Another way back there great-grandfather) The paneling on the house was a later addition. Along with the cabin, the homestead includes a carriage house, a smokehouse, a woodshed, and the oft-photographed double-cantilever barn (above).
I’m standing by the Tipton-Oliver Smokehouse.
I wore Levis jeans (here), a gray tee from Chico’s (mine is about four years old), with a navy vest from Chico’s. (in black here) I was glad I brought that white cotton cardigan (above) from Cali & York a few years ago. (Similar sweater here.) The New Balance shoes are here. Similar sunglasses are here.
The highlight of the day came as we were leaving the Cove. We saw a young black bear sitting in a tree pulling limbs down so that he could eat the leaves. He didn’t seem to mind that those humans were getting way too close to him. The red arrow marks the location of the bear! I didn’t take the same risk, so my photo below him is zoomed in from a safer distance.
Live a long and happy life, safe from tourists and cars young bear.