Smokies – Day 5

Alum Cave to Mt. LeConte/Myrtle Point I really love this trail. On my way down I happened to notice an epic battle between two salamanders asdfasd

Smokies – Day 4

Having planed to do this hike after hearing about the “Jump Off” on several youtube channels, I was excited that my ankle felt a lot better. I got up before dawn and made my way up to Cumberland Gap. The Jump Off via Appalachian Trail I can’t stress enough how much better it is if...

Smokies – Day 3

When I woke up, my knee felt a lot better but my ankle still hurt to walk on. Fortunately the park has several “driving” sights/tours so decided to go light on the walking/hiking and started my day at Cades Cove. There are a number of trailheads up there and decided to try out the poles...

Smokies – Day 2

At the visitor center they said that close encounters with bears on the trail is relatively rare… but apparently the parking lot of the Motel 6 is another story. Ran into this guy getting ice for the cooler. Rainbow Falls I got to the Trailhead about 7:30 AM. The parking lot was already full but...

Smokies – Day 1

I arrived in Gatlinberg early enough in the day to see the visitor center and talk to the rangers before hiking. I remember asking them about bears and if I need bear spray. (She basically said no.) It was too late to do a full on hike but there a couple of short trails behind...