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Today as we #hiked at #smokemont the skies opened up and baptized us with it cool #rain - I have never been happier to be rained on then at that moment! #thisisMYhappyplace #hike #neverstopexploring @greatsmokynps @brysoncity

We stayed overnight at #Smokemont Campground in the #blueridgemountains

‪Day 4 of #findyourpark #NationalParksWeek photo challenge "Wish you were here" is In The Time Machine. Mingus Mill built in 1886 still remains at its original location. It is the oldest mill in the Smokies and served 200 families. This mill uses a water-powered turbine instead of a water wheel to power the machinery. @naturetechfam #everybodysnationalparks @GreatSmokyNPS @SmokiesFriends#smokies #mingusmill #oconaluftee #northcarolina #springbreak2018 #smokemont

In April of 2016 we road tripped from Orlando to the Smoky Mountains for a long weekend adventure. We loved pitching our tent right by this stream at the Smokemont Campground because it meant whipping out the @katadyn_group water filter and enjoying deliciously crisp Smoky Mountain water💦 #ahhh .
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#smokemont #smokymountains #smokymountainnationalpark #katadyn #travelgoals #makethepinmove #coupleswhotravel #creativetravelcouples #couplestravel #travelcouples #couplestravelgoals #coupleslovetravel #travelustcouples #traveltogetherto #beautifuldestinations #traveldestination #travelmore #instagood #photooftheday #photography #placepass #optoutside #gopro #goprophotography #adventure #embracetheadventure

“I will walk by faith even when I can not see” enjoying the journey of life. #oldchurch #441 #smokemont #takethebackroads #myjourney #passion #naturalliving #optoutside

Newest fave trail - Bradley Fork in Smokemont - plan was to take the Chasteen Creek trail to the namesake cascades but misread the sign and ended up going all the way to the Cabin Flats junction, ate lunch by the water there then hiked back out. Will hit the CC trail next time 👍 #gemgirlgoes #gemgirlhikes #sundayhiking #GSMNP #trailside #hikingtrail #Smokemont #NorthCarolina

GSMNP, NC (3/4)

As the fire dwindled and the night fully engulfed the campground, I was listening to the creek running close to my truck. Before I fell asleep, I wanted to see how the stars looked. This was my camera’s view after 30 seconds of exposure. Sadly, no stars, only fluffy clouds.
Reflecting on the 120 pages of the book I was reading, I couldn’t help but think that this wasn’t the solo adventure I was truly hoping for. Sure — I was only a couple hours drive away from home, there were other people around me so I didn’t feel “out there”, and I knew that morning was only a couple hours away. I didn’t feel like I actually left any comfort or safety. I didn’t feel like I was wrapped up in a trek. I drifted to sleep while wrapped tightly in my sleeping bag and trying to use my breath to warm up my exposed face against the polyester.

Suddenly, I jolt out of my sleep. I open my eyes. I check my watch. I gain my bearings. I’m freezing. It’s 2 o’clock. I’m freezing. I have another 5 hours at least until the sun comes up. I’m freezing. Did I say I was freezing? I couldn’t fall back asleep. My body was violently vibrating with all the various muscle moving to try and warm myself. It was 20 degrees. I was freezing.

Suddenly, another jolt. I’m freezing. I have to pee. It’s 4 o’clock in the morning. I’m freezing. Every move I make is making me colder. I listen. I don’t hear the creek babbling in the background. I open my eyes and uncover my sleeping bag from over my head and revert out of the fetal position. As I glanced out of my cocoon, I can’t see anything lights. I turned on my headlamp and see only white. And a lot of it. In the two hours since I had been awake, it had snowed and muffled the sounds of the creek. That’s nice and relaxing — if you’re inside a house with a fire cracklin’. Turning the inside levers, I opened the back hatch of the camper shell and glance out. I didn’t wake to a little snow like I thought, I woke to way worse. Do I leave before it gets worse? Do I stay and get stuck? Either way, here’s my adventure.

Bradley Fork Trail Trailhead (bonus signs: Road Closed _and_ Do not block gate!), Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina
https://goo.gl/maps/aSANdhJ2EUp

#hiking #hikingadventures #hikingtrail #hikingtrails #trail #trails #trailsign #trailsigns #smokymountains #greatsmokymountains #greatsmokymountainsnationalpark #gsmnp #smokies #friendsofthesmokies  #bradleyforktrail #smokemont #smokemontcampground

Smokemont Loop Trail Trailhead (bonus signs: Road Closed _and_ Weight Limit 3 Tons!), Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina
https://goo.gl/maps/XAnno3tj9x42

#hiking #hikingadventures #hikingtrail #hikingtrails #trail #trails #trailsign #trailsigns #smokymountains #greatsmokymountains #greatsmokymountainsnationalpark #gsmnp #smokies #friendsofthesmokies  #newtonbaldtrail #smokemont #smokemontlooptrail

The creek was just a tad up from the rain #smokemont #northcarolina #creek #flooding #camping #jeepcherokee #whitewater

GSMNP, NC (2/4)

The river was cold and night was quickly heading in. I made my way to the campground about 15 minutes before nightfall. With temperatures dropping into the high 20s, I wanted to get a fire started as quickly as possible. In the 250+ site campground, I was only accompanied by two other groups. With a fire going, food cooking, and a good book on the agenda, I was ready to enjoy the evening. I've renovated the bed of my F-150 to double as a sleeping platform under my camper shell. Hopefully the enclosed 30 square feet and my 20° sleeping bag could keep me warm. Upon entering the park, there was a sign alerting visitors to the possibility of snowfall over night. As I tucked in, maybe I would wake to a little snow in the morning.

Fascinating fungus. The moss and fungi were so vibrant along the creek. In the second photo, the dew drops on the branches looked like little LED lights. The trees practically glowed from the combination of moss and fog. #smokemont #greatsmokymountains

Beautiful waterfall ride with these beauties in Cherokee, NC #horsebackriding #brownie #poco #cherokee #NC #waterfallride #fall #naturephotography #lemonpillsadventures

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