Going to the Smokies is always fun and we do it at least once a year but we were not prepared for it being in such a mess from the bad winter we had. We were especially disappointed in that Cades Cove was closed and that Cherokee was under such mass renovation. Partly for a facelift(for the gamblers I'd bet :) and partly because they had 12 FEET of snow this winter! But we did see dogwoods,
redbuds and lots of wild flowers
We also took a tour of E. Chattanooga where my husband grew up. It was really very cool. He commented that it was a black neighborhood now. I said, well they probably always lived near here and he said "well I never saw any in school or on the playground" LOL We just looked at each other and laughed. It seems like a life time ago doesn't it. And now I see and feel some of the hate I witnessed in the 60's creeping back.