Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Smokey Mountains

We are camped in the Smokey Mountains on the Tennessee side of the mountain range.  This is the quiet side of the mountains and has less visitors in the summer months.  Today we made a hike down into a gorge to photograph some waterfalls.  We found our way up a washed out mountain road with downed trees and big ruts in the gravel road from a recent storm.  When we reached the top while preparing our gear we heard the sound of distant thunder and decided we better wait it out to see how severe the storm would be.  After about a half hour of hard rain with lightning the storm passed and we started down the steep mountain trail to the stream below.  The temperature was about 95* and the humidity very high.  When we finally reached the bottom we were both soaking with sweat and stepping into the cool water felt refreshing.  I made only a couple of setups and realized I am not as young as I use to be.  I didn't venture out on the rocks with my camera and tripod as I have done so many times over the years.  Making the climb back out was strenuous but rewarding to know we made another hike together and came away with a couple of images to work on. 

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