The Great Smoky Mountains

by | Nov 4, 2020 | adventure, outdoors | 0 comments

We love the outdoors. Hiking, camping, kayaking, cycling, you name it. But thanks to the multiple responsibilities that come with being responsible adults, we don’t get to go that often.

A few weeks ago, we finally got to take a trip we’d been talking about for years. We loaded up and spent the week in Gatlinburg, TN.

It was glorious.

The first day, we decided to hit the Chimney Tops trail. It was a beautiful, chilly, foggy morning. Perfect for a hike.

It was a 4.5 mile out and back trail, and the first 1/2 was ALL uphill. Also stairs… so many stairs.

The next day, we decided to check out the city and do a little sightseeing. We took a ski lift up a long, steep hill to the skybridge, which had a glass floor halfway across.

I officially became a Skywalker.

We went back that night to see it all again. The view was amazing.

The following day, we decided our legs had recovered somewhat sufficiently, so we headed to Peregrine Peak via the Alum Caves trail. The fall colors were really starting to show. It was beautiful.

Also people… so many people. I mean like freeway traffic. Tons of people in front, behind… everywhere. I overheard one group we passed say it was “the number one rated trail on AllTrails for the Great Smoky Mountains.” 

Of course it is.

On our last day there, our legs were fried. So we decided to do some “old people” hiking.

We drove.

First we headed to the Tennessee/North Carolina border so we could “officially” visit another state. There, Teresa got to see part of the Appalachian Trail, a trail we both have been wanting to experience.

We decided to venture a little further into North Carolina. We ended up on the Eastern Cherokee Reservation, the land of my ancestors. There we got to see Mingo Falls.

Overall, it was an incredible trip. Great food, great beer, great outdoors. Although there were WAY too many people for my comfort level, I still had a blast.

Here are a few highlights of the other things we got to experience:

  • Jack & Coke slushie
  • Moonshine tasting
  • Wine tasting
  • Oktoberfest
  • The best steak I’ve ever had
  • The largest slice of pizza I’ve ever had
  • Laughing hysterically at the Family Guy pinball machine (Giggedy, giggedy, alright)
  • Having to plunge our own hotel toilet
  • Getting bitten by a spider and having my foot swell up for days
  • Climbing more stairs in one week than I have in my entire life

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