Monday, August 26, 2013

Nantahala National Forest, Cherokee and Nantahala Outdoor Center-Day 3

On day three of our trip we had planned on taking the The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad ride through the Nantahala Gorge. The weather wasn't cooperating so we decided to take a road trip and explore the Nantahala National Forest, drive through Cherokee and check out the Nantahala Outdoor Center. You can click on the links to find out more info about the forest, the railroad and outdoor center.
We stayed in Cherokee long enough to check out the Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort. We had never been to a casino before. On the way out of town I took this picture of an Indian statue. Terry said it looked like it was giving a Nazi salute :0)
Next stop was the Nantahala Outdoor Center which was right down the road from where we were staying. They have a kayaking and canoeing school and whitewater rafting trips.
The mist rising from the river was beautiful. It rained off and on while we were there which made taking photos tricky. We were worried about getting our cameras wet.
Terry on the swinging bridge. We took pictures of people white water rafting from the bridge. It was fun watching them go down the river. The water was very cold!
Moi on swinging bridge. I love these things!
You can see a guy through the fog on a paddle board.

Wild flowers on the river bank.

Taking a picture down the Smokey Mountain Railway railroad track.
This is the picture I took. We were both cold and soggy by the time we got back to the yurt. That was remedied by a nice fire in our fire pit.


Kay R. said...

I love that picture you took of the railroad tracks. Nice shot. All these pics are great. It's such a gorgeous place. I wonder if that's the same Indian statue that was there when Dad took us to Cherokee way back in the fifties. Or maybe it was there when we drove through on our way back from Morganton, NC. Remember that? I'm sure you do ;) Looks like you and Terry had a great time, even if you did get wet.

Jane said...

Such beautiful scenery! The mist on the water makes the pics even better! The train ride would have been fun. That Indian statue does look like he's giving a Nazi salute. :) I remember stopping in Cherokee on the way back from Morganton. That statue made me think of it. Not sure it's the same one. Love the pics!

Ann S. said...

Thanks for the compliments on the pictures! You know, that may be the same Indian statue we saw when we stopped in Cherokee. We'll have to check the home movies and see if he shows up.