Why am I stuck inside?
One more for #nochildleftinside day, this is a classic scene from the Cades Cove area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park as the trees begin their shift to autumn colors.
Cades Cove is an area of the park where the rocks that create the peaks of the Smoky Mountains have eroded away, leaving a large flat plain. Houses like these were occupied for a hundred years by remote settlers before the park was established. Today, Cades Cove features a loop that can be driven, with stops along the way, but getting out of the car is far more enjoyable. There are long hikes like the trip to Abrams Falls, and even days where the auto loop is closed to car traffic and bikes occupy the gentle hills on the road.
I’m jealous. I have to go teach a class, and I want to be outdoors.
Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewpaulson/8686665007