GSMNP (Day 1)
GETTING STARTED We’re starting out from home with our SUV packed to the top of the seats and beyond. With the second row filled except for a cubby-hole for the one sitting in that row…. we’re headed out. Christine and I – and our friend Mark Morgan are heading out on a new adventure to photograph the Fall color of the Great Smoky Mountains and spots in-between. We’re going to make our way through Arkansas from Oklahoma and stop for the night in Jackson,Tennessee. We’re off to a good start and each of us has created a music playlist on our iPods that will get shared at one time or another during our drive. Every trip we go we create a playlist of our favorite music and the latest tunes we’ve downloaded. It’s a great way to become exposed to new music outside your own tastes and makes the drive go by faster.
Christine is starting the trip by driving the SUV to our lunch destination in Fort Smith, Arkansas where either Mark or I will take over driving. Most of the driving is turnpike driving and makes the drive easy as well as fast. We’ve covered the distance from Stillwater to Fort Smith in time for lunch and found a Braum’s Ice Cream and Hamburgers store right along the highway. Once lunch is done, I’m taking the wheel and we’re headed another 4-5 hours away to Jackson, Tennessee where we plan to stay the night at a Comfort Inn. One of the reasons we choose Comfort Inn’s is that they do not use fabric softeners in their linens or harsh chemicals to clean with so we are not exposed to the kinds of things that make allergies worse. The last thing we want on a trip is to lose a day to a bad allergy response made worse by a room full of harsh chemicals and chemical scents made to make the place seem “clean”.
Oh yeah………………. and Comfort Inns provide free breakfast too! 🙂