Continuing my diary from our trip to USA in November.
We have had such bad luck with the weather. Apparently an arctic vortex has descended on USA and caused temperatures to plummet in most of the country. We haven't been spared. The temperature has barely risen above freezing for three days since we have been here. This hasn't stopped us trying to sight see and enjoy ourselves.
Today we set off to visit Cades Cove. It was wet and cold but we persevered. On the way we stopped at the pull out for Laurel Falls. We walked a few miles through the most enchanting forest with a floor covering of orange and red leaves all shapes and sizes.The trees made artistic designs with their bare branches. Tiny flakes of snow floated down. We got warm walking until we pulled out a bare hand to take a photo. Soon we reached the falls tumbling and cascading over wet slippery rocks. It was very pretty.
We walked up and up through the woods from the car park. The trees looked eerie. Our forests only look like this when a bushfire has been through but we never have a carpet of leaves like this in Queensland. It was beautiful.
Then we arrived at the falls First we saw the lower Laurel Falls and then....
.......the upper falls.
We walked across the falls and clambered through the trees to try and get both upper and lower falls to fit into the camera lens.
It was cold taking my hand out of the glove so as to use my camera. It was an easy walk back down to the car park, with our feet crunching through the leaves.
We piled into the car and and drove past some interesting sites.
We passed Meigs Falls Waterfall on the roadside.
and a fast moving stream. Then it was on to Cades Cove.