I spent my spring break in the most amazing place that is near and dear to my heart. No I didn’t go to Florida and lay on the beach or go to Cancun and swim in the ocean, and I didn’t rent a beach house with friends and family. I went to Tennessee. East Tennessee to be exact. And no, not the Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Dollywood Amusement Park East Tennessee, I went to the quiet side of the Smoky’s. We went to Vonore where my grandfather lives, and to Maryville where he grew up and went to college. We went Townsend at the foothills of the Smoky’s where his wife’s parents had a cabin off a hollow, and drove through the serene loop of Cade’s Cove where Grandaddy’s father was the lawyer representing the residents who lived there (all the way up to the Supreme Court!) when they were trying to use the land to form the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in the 1930s. We had an Easter Egg Hunt at the farm with our family, fed the donkey, goats, and horses, threw lots of rocks and sticks in the river, and created countless memories.
I couldn’t imagine a better spring break. I tried to use just film to document our trip, and I am very pleased with my results. Are my images perfect? Absolutely not. But it was a fun experience to gain more practice, send my film out to Richard Photo Lab, and wait for the results. So although I didn’t come back from my week with a tan, I did come back refreshed, filled with love and joy, and excited to return in a month for a beautiful mountain view wedding.