During the summer of 2011 the Phoenix group had their first major summer excursion.
We spent 11 days on a trip to explore and discover the Smokey Mountain area of Tennessee.
The temperature on the trip was mostly blazing hot and humid. As a result, we spent a lot of time in the water.
One hot day was spent tubing through the rapids.
Fortunately, most of our hiking trails followed rivers and were dotted with idelic swimming holes.
One challenging hike was to the top of Mt. LeCompt, one of the highest peaks in the park.
Other activities on the trip included a visit to a Cherokee Idian Villiage (unfortunately dampened by a cloudburst)
and a visit to an underground cave complex.
Smokey Mountain is a big park, so there was lots of driving, with frequent stops to check out the dramatic vistas.
All in all it was a great trip. Thanks to Cole, Anthony and Stew who helped tame the savage beasts.
Thanks to Anthony and Cole for their additional pictures.
AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR HOSTS, THE DEWAARD FAMILY FOR LETTING US
CAMP OUT IN THEIR YARD, ADDING FABULOUS FOOD TO OUR MEALS AND FOR ASSISTING US
IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE. THEIR HOSPITALITY WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN MAKING THE TRIP A SUCCESS!!