May 8 – Scenic Route

Last Monday I had the opportunity to take the day off at work and accompany my lovely wife (she’s a 1st grade teacher) on a school field trip to the Smoky Mtn Heritage Center. It was a great trip and I had an awesome time hanging out with the kids and getting to experience what the day is in the life of a 1st grade teacher (Bless them… They’re truly a gift from God!)

On the way home I decided to take the road less traveled and jumped on the Foothills Parkway…. and I’m Glad that I did.


Even though our home is very close to this nice scenic drive, It’s been at least a few years since I’ve actually taken this ride into the clouds…. It was such a nice day that I occasionally found myself pulling to the side of the road taking in the views along with the occasional ray of sunshine.  As I hiked up the short half mile trail to the observation tower at Look Rock I found only myself and God up on the top of that mountain. What an incredible experience…




I knew that some storms were expected and as the wind picked up and the clouds rolled in I began my decent off of the mountain and parkway. In the picture above you can see a body of water in the distance… Chilhowee Lake, where Foothills Parkway comes to an end. As I made it to the lake I found myself not wanting my adventure to end there, so I made my way parallel to the parkway and headed up into Happy Valley…. My destination, Abrams Creek. If it’s been a few years since my last visit up the parkway, It had to have been 10 or so years since I’ve visited this part of Abrams Creek. I was excited as I found myself getting closer and one by one my memories of previous camping trips started coming back. It was raining pretty good by the time I got to the Campground which is just inside the National Park…. once again, just like before I was the only soul there. Taking in my surroundings as I listened to the rushing water as rain drops fell all around me. Relaxing and peaceful…. taking in the true beauty of our Creator… not a bad way to spend a Monday.


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