I thought that as I am getting older this might be my last chance so we packed a lovely lunch and started a hike that would be a personal goal for all of us.
We were not disappointed.
Another one of my bucket list to 'check' done.
So peaceful ...not another soul around ...the sounds of the birds ..some that seemed to be following us.
The beauty of the forest was all encompassing.
We will be there in a minute Hannah!!
Put the kettle on !
Hannah's cabin is just a crumbling log cabin ...but not to me, just think of what went on there ...how Hannah and her family lived in this home built with love ...
You could feel the love.
Our visit was not a disappointment ..it was a moment to treasure.
As I know I will never visit Hannah again.
Treading on the old floor boards carefully as there were loose ones and gaps where ones used to be.
To see where Hannah lived.
I love her fireplace ...warming the family in the cold, snowy winters.
Upstairs was an attic where I guess Hannah's family slept.
Now a crumbling roof and rafters stand up there alone.
There was a cute closet/cupboard that perhaps was the pantry ..now it is open to the elements.
So happy to be standing in Hannah's Cabin.
With the afternoon sun shining through dappling the forest with light.
And then as the open sky gets larger and larger we approach the peak of the mountain
And there welcoming us was this beautiful primitive white church erected in 1889.
Inside this lovely welcoming church.
It is still used to the day ...as once a year the ascendants of the people that dwelled in Cataloochee
Gather here and worship and tend the graves of their loved ones.
Woody that I have often told you about who owned a homestead farm in Cataloochee Valley called 'Woody's Place' is buried in the church yard.
We ate our lunch and sang hymns
Danny had gone behind the podium and surprised us
As he started to sing "Amazing Grace' ..I had never heard him sing like that.
So beautifully ...it stopped us all talking and we listened and pulled it in to our souls to remember this moment forever.
I am used to him playing and singing Hard Rock and Country songs.
We found 5 snake skins ...mostly little ones but also a large fat one.
Telling us that snakes were under the church or in the holes in the steps.
Needless to say we were very aware that we had to keep an eye open for a snake.
I am sad to say that we never got to meet any of them.
Thank you for popping by and joining us on our hike to Little Cataloochee.
I hope that you have enjoyed it.
On the way back we found this hornet's nest.
It's occupants were very busy all over the trees canopy.
Happy Days to you all