I'm getting too old for this! A turn around trip to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

Maggie Valley North Carolina near the Great Smoky Mountains National ParkIt starts at 4:00 A.M. in the morning. I get up, get dressed, double check the camera gear, load the truck, and head for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's not a short trip, about 220 miles to the nearest point of the park, and when all is said and done, the complete trip pushes 750 miles.

It's a trip I have made many times, usually 2-4 times per year. I wasn't really up to it but the weather forecast suggested that it was now or never, so I dutifully began the long journey.

I made it through Georgia all right, but as soon as I crossed into North Carolina I met a new friend, a state trooper who very politely suggested that if I slowed down, I might live a little longer. He also added that I need to pay $151 dollars by December 5th or a warrant would be issued for my arrest! So I was not off to a great start!

Cataloochee Elk in the Great Smoky Mountains National ParkBut the mission comes first, so I headed for the Blue Ridge Parkway and Waterrock Knob. Not a lot going on there so I drove through the town of Maggie Valley North Carolina which was very beautiful and scenic. From there I drove over the Cataloochee Divide into the National Park, and was rewarded with many great photo opportunities! I I photographed some great stills and a lot of wildlife, including some good elk shots. I was on a roll now, and spent two hours in Cataloochee before heading back to Heintooga.

Not much there, so went to the National Park at Ravensford and climbed into the elevation for some decent Autumn color. On the way back down I set up the tripod in the middle of the Oconaluftee River for dome nice shots.

Cataloochee Overlook in the Great Smoky Mountains National ParkThen I started the long drive back home to Newnan. When I got home tonight, I was exhausted, but I have a nice photo journal of the trip. Which brings me to the point of all of this:

Nothing worth achieving is easy. It takes effort, perseverance and determination to accomplish difficult goals. But if you put your mind to it, you can get the job done!

Now excuse me, I must lie down a bit!

Photos: October 23, 2008 Courtesy of SmokyPhotos.com

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James Wexler
wexzilla.com - Scottsdale, AZ

after reading the headline, and then the wake up time, it reminded my of why I quit skiiing. Getting up so early and putting on all those clothes to go play in the cold is a young mans (or younger than me) game... of course, it is always worth it once you get there

Oct 24, 2008 03:10 AM #30
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


There was a nice salt lick near where I took this shot ... with a camera!


It is worth it while you are there, but you pay the price the next day! I'm beat.

Oct 24, 2008 03:27 AM #31
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Richard:  Great shot of the elk.  And you reaped the rewards for your hard work.  Your right....nothing worth achieving is easy.

Oct 24, 2008 03:44 AM #32
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

I hate I have not had a chance to make it to the mountains this Fall yet. I love it this time of year.



Oct 24, 2008 04:56 AM #33
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Beautiful pictures Richard.  Sorry about the ticket.  Those are bad.  I've been good the last 6 years... my kids say I now drive like a Granny.  Drop me an email and let me know the address of the Lake Oconee lot you have.  It's a great price, I need to take a look.

Oct 24, 2008 05:11 AM #34
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

Chris Ann...

It was a good day, that's for sure!


Hurry! Fall is waning quickly!


Thanks for the kind words and I will do so!


Oct 24, 2008 05:24 AM #35
Bo Hussung
Bell Title /Triserv LLC - Nashvle, TN

.....and you take beautiful pictures while enjoying the surroundings of the scenes you take. Doe it get much better than that, Richard?

Not to me.....I will bet not to you wither.

Oct 24, 2008 06:13 AM #36
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

Sounds like you had an adventure to say the least. As always though, great pictures!

Oct 24, 2008 07:57 AM #37
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


I love it ... every minute of it ... when I am not getting a citation that is! lol


And as always, thanks, my friend!

Oct 24, 2008 09:09 AM #38
Lori Franks
Real Estate Consultant - Brookings, OR
Brookings, Oregon

Richard- You were suppose to set your cruise control my friend. It is the only thing that saves my butt from the lovely speeding tickets.

Oct 24, 2008 10:24 AM #39
Cameron Wilson
Labrum Real Estate - Murrieta, CA
The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee Californ

As usual the pics are great Richard and let me say thank you for going to all the effort. Looking forward to seeing more of them.

Too bad the Trooper couldn't just take a chill. Next time take some donuts with you just in case.

Oct 24, 2008 10:46 AM #40
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor


Great shots and documentary. Nice turnaround from a not so great beginning. Figure how much you have spent in film and processing - easily over $151 - so you actually came out ahead. :)


Oct 24, 2008 12:31 PM #41

Richard, your photographs are amazing - I love checking out your posts as I am pretty much sure I am going to see some good pics.  :-) 

Sorry about the ticket. . .


Oct 24, 2008 12:37 PM #42
Sandy Fenton
Keller Williams NY Realty * Licensed Associate Broker - Mount Kisco, NY
ABR, ASP, CDPE, GRI -Westchester NY - Condos to Luxury Homes

Richard, your photographs are amazing - I love checking out your posts as I am pretty much sure I am going to see some good pics.  :-) 

Sorry about the ticket. . .

I'm sorry to re-post, but realized I wasn't logged on . . .  :-/

Oct 24, 2008 12:41 PM #43
Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

In the summer, nothing beats the rivers and streams over in Townsend and in the fall, I really like to drive through the mountains. As for hiking, some of the portions of the Appalachian Trail are less populated and have gorgeous views.

Oct 24, 2008 02:23 PM #44
Ann Hayden
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri - Chesterfield, MO


I hope things were better for you today....  Did the headache leave?  Did you get a good night's sleep?


Oct 24, 2008 03:16 PM #45
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


If I had it on that truck, I would! lol


I never thought about that way... I used to spend a fortune on processing!


Thanks! I try to use some interesting photos, and I try to make them relevant but sometimes I just want to show-off a little!


I have done some of the AT ... Mostly in Georgia, but the views are indeed fantastic! THX



Oct 24, 2008 03:17 PM #46
Jesse & Kathy Clifton
Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS® - Fairbanks, AK

$151?! Goodness man, how fast were you going? Next time I'll drive... I seem to remember obeying the speed limit once back in the 70's and yet I've never had a ticket... yet. :)  Sounds like a great trip, Richard. 

Oct 24, 2008 05:45 PM #47
Jeremy Blanton
Myrtle Beach Homes Blog - Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com

When I lived in PA & traveled to Myrtle, NC was the hardest part...it took foreverrrrrrrrrr!

Oct 25, 2008 04:47 AM #48
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Great post Richard and the pics are beautiful - I live 35 minutes from the Smoky Mountains and love it!

Oct 26, 2008 10:41 PM #49
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