Kelsey and David go to the Smokies: 2017

IMG_20170807_133813.jpgIMG_20170808_122208OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEarlier this month, David and I travelled to Tennessee to vacation with my dad and family. Of course, we snuck away to go hiking every morning. As a way to get into the zone, we listened to A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson on the drive down to Tennessee. It really affected us, because we were out in the woods and walking every moment we had available1 On our first day, we hiked the Appalachian Trail to Charlies Bunion and the trail to Clingman’s Dome.  On the second day, it was quite rainy, but we hiked the Porter’s Creek trail.  This one had a nice waterfall on the way where we spent extra time exploring, and we drank an excellent cup of coffee next to the waterfall! (That’s pretty cool.) On the third day we were in town, we hiked the Alum Cave trail. The trail was gorgeous and it went from a hike near a creak to mountain peak vistas and panoramas, to fascinating rock formations.  Both David and I agreed that it would make for excellent sport climbing, if they ever chose to put bolts up in Alum Cave!  Unfortunately, we had to head back once we arrived at Alum Cave so that we could go White Water Rafting with my family, but we do plan to return and finish the trail to Mount LeConte.

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