Sometimes - you just have to drop everything and run away for a day - take a break.
And that's just exactly what Hubby and I did - last Wednesday.
We drove up to Cherokee National Park to dust out all the cobwebs from our brains on River Road - and hike up to the top of Bald River Falls.
While we were on the bridge so I could get that shot of the Falls - I turned around to the other side of the bridge - and found this.
Believe it or not - with all that 10 acres we own - and all the countryside we travel around - almost on a daily basis around here - THIS GUY - is the VERY FIRST Honey Bee we have seen this year - so far. And he was in the park.
Best advice I can give any female before heading up to this part of the country - Don't bother with the make-up. And bring a hand towel.
( I actually used hair spray this day! The brand my Grandma Casteel used back in the late 80's. It was called " Vavoom ". )
If you want to enjoy yourself - smile - and have fun getting to the top of these falls - do not wear any make-up. This blouse would be a different color today - had I worn make-up when we went up there.
I know this for a fact. There is a blouse that left the relationship we shared - several years ago - all because - I wore make-up.
Yeah. Been there. Done that. Trashed the T-shirt. The humidity is worse than down on the Gulf Coast. And one of my favorite shirts paid the price.
And - he paid the price for bringing me up here on this day. It almost killed him to sit here and let me get a few shots of him.
Only a few - literally. I shot three! * sigh.... * " Sheesh... don't go wuss on me now. " ( eyes rolling )
Had to look very hard to find anything beyond the color of green. I was a little pissed.
Note to self - " The Mountain Laurel blooms in Cherokee National Park a lot sooner than in The Great Smoky Mountains' Cades Cove. "
Hubby says this has to be one of the trees that the logging companies missed. It was absolutely huge - impossible to get even one-third of it into a single shot.
Hubby had to stand behind me - while I bent as far backwards as I could - to get this shot of the top of that tree.
We were on a trail. There was nothing but - cliff - on the other side of the trail.
Still not quite all the way to the top - yet. But that didn't stop me from wanting to jump in.
I was sweatin' like a plastic mug full of ice water out on a sidewalk in Tucson in the middle of July at 8:30 in the morning! ( Inside joke - if you've never been there. )
And this time - as well - I forgot to bring a hand towel.
That won't happen next time. But I'll wear make-up. NO... just kidding.
Finally ! We've reached the closest spot at the top where you can get this shot. Look carefully. You'll see the bridge - and the very spot where I stood to get the first photo.
Take about 15 steps further up - can't see the bridge any longer.
Our first view after reaching the top.
The river bends back to the right from here. But...
To get this shot - we had to climb - UP. And we did not attempt to go any further - for a very specific reason.
Besides the fact that we did not have proper supplies for intense hiking - this is a part of the park that has been known to have begun seeing an increase in bear population.
This is the very area where - a couple years ago - a family was camping nearby. A mother and her little girl - I think she was about 5 years old - were attacked by a bear - on the very trail where we were hiking.
The little girl died. The mother was hospitalized for several months - and continues to recover.
This - is what happens when you feed the bears.
We love running away to the trees to escape the madness when we get a chance - and paying attention to even the smallest of nature's beauty.
But we do it with total respect and reverence for our natural wonders - as well as ourselves.
( Believe it or not - this little gem is actually smaller than the little yellow ones shown above ! )
We take our time - so we don't miss little living bits of treasure like this tiny climbing vinca. The leaves on this plant are only about the size of a pinto bean. It's nestled within tiny moss here.
Okay - sooooo - every once in a while - we may have to piss off little ones like this tiny fart - just to get him to stick his horns out so we can get a shot of 'em!
But we use our common sense and all the other parts of our brains to keep our butts safe and sound - so we can get shots like this - while we're driving out of the park and heading home.
Yeah - even the shots with the radio antenna for the pickup smashed right in the center of the photo.
If you know me well enough - then you already know - there are even more photos. And you can find them below!
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