Once again this year, our family decided to take a trip down to Gatlinburg, TN over the fourth of July holiday weekend and beyond. We stayed in Louisville at the Galt House on the Ohio River as a stop over both on the way down and back and the cabins we stay in are part of Elk Springs Resort just outside of the town of Gatlinburg perfectly nestled up in the mountains. The views we had of the Smoky Mountain National Forest were breathtaking and the cabin was down to the details gorgeous. The road to our cabin was a winding drive about a mile up and around the ridge of the mountain our cabin was built on and although there were cabins somewhat nearby, you couldn’t see them or hear them. And although others have seen a black bear around our cabin, we didn’t get the opportunity to see any this year.
While on the trip I tried to take time here and there to pull out my sketchbook. While there were many more times I would have loved to have paused and pulled it out the camera had to do instead.
The rooftop pool at the Galt House in Louisville, KY on the Ohio River. In the background you can see the Second Street bridge. On our way back home, someone was pulled from the river after either jumping or being pushed. My husband and son were out swimming when all the emergency vehicles blocked off the bridge and the helicopters and boats started their search. From what the news said, they were able to save the person.
I can’t wait to go back. The mountains and the National Forest with all the trails and river streams is truly inspiring in it’s awesomeness.