Great Smoky Mountains National Park

After Stephen fulfilled his condo board responsibilities we decided to celebrate by heading east and experiencing the colors in the most visited national park in the nation; The Great Smoky Mountains… located in both Tennessee and North Carolina.

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“Stop the car, we gotta get a selfie”

Our Vistabule was still in for repairs so instead we arranged for a house-sit in Asheville, North Carolina through TrustedHousesitters.com and filled in the gaps with Airbnb’s along the way.  On our drive east we made two quick stops in Kentucky at Lincoln’s boyhood home and Mammoth Caves National Park but the main attraction was the Smoky Mountains. WOW!  We arrived during peak color season and the leaves provided a rainbow of yellows, reds and golds. As we drove through the park every turn was more beautiful than the next.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The park is enormous so we selected some well known hiking trails and started walking as beauty surrounded us.DF4A6650-2384-4C71-B73C-61BEE95E3DAE

The Smoky Mountains are also home to one of the most famous long distance hiking trails in the world; The Appalachian Trail, also known as the AT.  This 2,200 mile trail stretches from Maine to Georgia and every year hundreds of people attempt to hike the entirety.

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We hiked five miles and then turned around as the sun went behind the mountain

Fifty years ago when Stephen was a young lad he hiked 100 miles of the AT with his Boy Scout troop at the northern tip in Pennsylvania. Last week we had the opportunity to hike a portion of the trail that meanders through North Carolina.

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A dream fulfilled

It was a fantastic day for both of us and fulfilled a bucket list item for Stephen. We had fleeting thoughts of returning next year to hike a larger chunk of the Appalachian Trail but after visiting one of the trail huts we decided a day hike would suffice.

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AT Trail Cabin

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Sleeping with strangers…no thanks!

We encountered lots of traffic on this trip as everyone was out to enjoy the colors but this gave us more time to enjoy the view.  Such beauty!

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Cades Cove

6 thoughts on “Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  1. Julie, thanks for including us in these emails. We so enjoy them. And we have never seen those parts of the Trail so enjoyed the beautiful pictures. Here in Oregon this fall we have had beautiful colors but it is too late now. Blessings, Marvin

    On Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 8:24 AM Queen Bed and a Kitchen wrote:

    > queenbedandakitchen posted: “After Stephen fulfilled his condo board > responsibilities we decided to celebrate by heading east and experiencing > the colors in the most visited national park in the nation; The Great Smoky > Mountains… located in both Tennessee and North Carolina. Our” >

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