A Western Carolina Weekend | Band, Grandparents & Clingmans Dome!
How was YOUR weekend? Ours was packed!
This weekend was the Western Carolina University “Tournament of Champions”.
And we invited the grandparents to join us for a GoodNCrazy weekend in the Great Smokey Mountains.
Please take a close look at my Dad’s hat… it was my birthday gift to him.
(Hint: My mom’s name is Virginia… come ON! That’s FUNNY!)
I’m pleased to report the NAFO Marching Band out of Fort Mill, SC claimed 2nd Place overall out of 23 bands. It was a long day —both sunny and hot during the day and DANG cold by the end of the night!
This year’s theme is based on ‘Superman’ —called “A Hero Among Us”.
The shield on their uniforms and red capes give it away.
My kid plays the clarinet. Good luck finding her!!
In this photo (just before their show starts) she is the 3rd one back on the 30 yard line. And that’s it. I can’t find her once the show starts and they put on their Shakos (weird hats). The kids are all wearing suit coats over their uniforms… dressed as Clark Kent at first. It’s such a fabulously entertaining show this year!
Clingmans Dome on the North Carolina/Tennessee Border
We opted to stay an extra day over in the extreme Western part of NC and drove over into the Great Smokey Mountains national park to see Clingmans Dome. The vistas while driving up to the Dome were insanely amazing. Trust me. DON’T be the driver… cuz you’ll want to see all THAT BLUENESS and not focus on the road.
The blue ‘smokey’ mist is really hard to describe. These 2 photos are taken from the parking lot of Clingmans Dome.
There is a man-made lookout structure about a half mile of a STEEP hike after the parking lot. But it was COLD up there! And windy in mid-October.
They said about 50 mph at the top.
Yeah. We chickened out.
We’ll go next year in the summer time!
But the blue skies were heavenly in a literal sense.
This high up (about 6,600 feet) only evergreens were around. But the drive to the top was perfect timing for fall color. Not as vivid of colors as Oregon but gorgeous all the same. The drive and parking lot were free.
But parking was kind of tight. There are parking spaces as you first drive in on the left facing back down the mountain. I suggest flipping around quick and parking there and don’t try to go into the parking lot at all!
There are 10-15 pull out spots along the route and this was one of my favorite ones in the below images. Framed by the trees and capturing a sunburst along with the blue blue blue skies. Now I know why they call them The Smokey Mountains… The mist in the far off mountain peaks is hard to capture in a camera. Trust me. WORTH seeing with your eyeballs.
Poor Oscar was feeling so left out. He stayed home with his foster family (the ones who cared for him before he became our GoodNCrazy dog). My parents seemed to fall in love with him as much as we have.
He’s coming along with the housetraining. About 90% there.
He’s playful and still naps a lot. And he’s learning new things every day.
He’s so happy when anyone comes home. And so far not a barky puppy.