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The Great Smoky Mountains a photo journey

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The Smokies were incredible, met new and wonderful people, hiked without my companion and side kick, No Shame, for a week, and enjoyed the beauty of a section of trail like no other!

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Clingman's Dome in the fog. Happy with a little trail magic, a banana and coke!

I first need to send a shout out to the wonderful trail angels who picked me and my hiking buddy up at Clingman’s Dome.  We’d just come off the trail after 4 days of serious and difficult hiking, the air was cold and the rain was biting, and I couldn’t zip my rain coat tight enough to contain the stench!  Despite our foul odor you loaded us up in your car and dropped us off at our hotel with an invite to dinner, after we showered.  My evening out with you was fabulous.  The food was great and much appreciated but talking with you was the best.  I will leave you unnamed as we don’t want to blow your cover and interfere with your witness protection. 

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Part of our "Fellowship" entering into the GSMNF

The GSMNF was full of trail magic.  You have heard of one wonderful couple but without the assistance and support of other “trail angels” this section of the trail would not have been as enjoyable!

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Shuckstack Fire tower

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Looking out from Shuckstack to Fontana Damn

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The start to the "enchanted forest" a carpet of Spring Beauty and old fallen trees

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Misty morning hike from Mollies Ridge Shelter

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Shelters in the Smokies have fireplaces in them

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Last couple miles up Thunderhead Mountain

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A break in the clouds atop Thunderhead Mountain

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Derrick Knob Shelter sunset

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The terrain changed and the woods turned green with moss

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The terrain changed and the woods turned green with moss

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Beauty left over from the year before

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Riding the trolley in Gatlainburg, we won't talk about the 4 miles walked to get to the post office...

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Trail angel Michaela! Thanks for helping us get back to Clingman's Dome

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Clingman's Dome tourist picture

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View of where we'd been from Clingman's Dome

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Things just kept changing from green to green

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200 miles done!

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Walked through moss covered trees for days!

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There is no reason to be upset when this is your morning view

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There were some cold nights in the Smokies

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The moss took over!

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The little things

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Awesome trail magic at Newfound Gap! Thank you ladies!

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New discovery! How can this be so right?!

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It's true, less than 2000 miles to go!

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Lunch time view from Icewater Spring Shelter

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The new meal! Tuna with Cheetos!

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Charlie's Bunion

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And yet they let me out there to play...

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Ridge line walk. 100+ foot drops to either side.

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What every hiker should look like!

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Silver birch

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Beautiful skeletal trees

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Plane crash site in park

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A peaceful resting place. Dead bird trail side.

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Sunrise at Crosby Shelter

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Goats Beard making breakfast

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Crosby Shelter sunrise

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Painted Trillium

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Another overlook to lose yourself in

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Davenport Gap Shelter, the only one with bear cage, happy to say I didn't stay there.

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But I did visit briefly

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The only sign to let you know you left the Smokies! Sorry SOBO'S no big greeting for your trip through.

This section of the trail was beautiful, cold, physically challenging, and inspiring.

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Thanks for the family visit on trail, with a dry place to sleep, more food than I knew what to do with (but it all found a home in my belly) and a place to get my girl back!

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Happy to be back with me but still having anxiety attacks about me brushing my teeth!

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We can't be seperated! Photo credit goes to fellow thru hiker Moonlight

Sunrise on Max Patch

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And some spiders are best found in the bathroom.  I don’t want to find this one in my tent.

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5 thoughts on “The Great Smoky Mountains a photo journey

  1. You post the most beautiful photos and inspirational captions. Thank you for sharing your adventure with us all! Love, hugs and continued safety to you! xoxoxo Aunt Heather

  2. Oh the spider looks really disgusting, I didn’t know we could encounter them over there… 😦

  3. Oh my god, the GORGEOUS shots of the trail and surrounding forest! I can’t wait to hike the AT.

  4. Great photo work and glad you got your pup back. Shooting for summer of 2017 or 2018 for the walk. Knees and arteries permitting!

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