Every trip to the USA starts with a plane arriving


This was our


Some flowers at Roan Mountain


The mushrooms just are so nice


The Rhododendron gardens the place is known for


And among the Rhododendron there are some other things growing too.


From below they just look like a maze


The view from the lookout was actually really nice this time.


Some flowers clinging on to the rocks.


We did some day trips. Susanna at the wheel


On these kind of highways it's somewhat boring


Our goal. Klingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


The dead trees and the clouds giving it a special feeling


Some flowers here too.


The park is just beautiful.


Some old barn in the distanse


The visitors-centre


Back in the days this was the main power source


But then you only hat it for these stones


The mill was really important


This was the car we rented. Just two sizes bigger then the one we ordered


Susanna getting ready for dinner


Connie borrowing Susanna's hat


Connie and Markus landlord Row


The pool at Connie and Hamel's


Some of the flowers Connie grew. First the Yellow one


The the pink ones


They just look amazing


Do you see the pool monster


Some orange ones


And some more pink


The pool and the house by night


Tiki-torches light up the outside


Hamel likes helicopters


This one he showed us how it flies. Not really easy to take a picture of it actually flying


The sky on fire


Jonesborough's main street


This is the oldest town in Tennessee


This is one of the oldest houses in the town


This one too. It was a major stop on the way to Chattanooga


This town truly shows American pride.


I just love these entire wall kind of signs


Then we went to the Appalachian caverns


The entire area is undermined with caverns and caves like this one.


Many rock formations just kick-starts your imagination.


This is some special place.


You see some openings.


But most of the time you barely see the fish in the water


The guide was kind and took our picture.


The we took to the higher regions again.


There isn't really a lack of airports along the way


Modern housing areas are built like this


Oh, it was Markus who flew us.


This is the more traditional way of building towns over here


We flew over an old railroad yard.


This station actually looks like it has some kind of passenger service.


The plane we flew in


The moon over the Atlantic


The beach is just magical in the night


As long as you look out to sea, the skyline of Myrtle beach by night.


The beach by day


We really enjoyed these waves


Back in east Tennessee it was time for bowling


Down the lane they go


You see the different styles


Ah, that was close


Been driving past this place a few times now


This is the last steam locomotive that was in commercial use in the USA


Just a detail of it.


One of the ET&WNC's narrow gauge carriages


They did carry a lot on them


And a typical caboose


At the historic site Sycamore Shoals they have a museum and a park.


This is the frontier fort that was built by the first settlers.


The Watauga


Some gees swimming in the calm waters


But at the Shoals the stream is more rapid


The water dances down the river.


Just across a rock


It's not that deep here.


The tree that was just meant to be climbed on.


Some driftwood


The shores are beautiful


And filled with wild life. Squirls and mosquitoes.


Downtown Elizabethton


The nice old houses and gardens


The main bridge into downtown


The covered bride that Elizabethton is famous for


The rocks in the river are placed there by purpose to lessen the effect of erosion.


This was an evening when they had a car show.


There were some really old ones.


A really red car


The railway line to Elizabethton


There is plenty of life when all the cars come


This one had the nicest blue.


Our flight back from Atlanta


We had a short layover in Amsterdam