Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Great Smoky Mountains

On this trip, I wasn't able to venture into the park itself, however, I did get a good taste of it's amazing beauty with a couple hikes and a gorgeous drive through it's heart.

But first, I found this awesome little teapot in the town of Winston-Salem while visiting my friend, Ellen.

Together, we drove to the town of Boone for a nice 5 mile hike in the area. This part of the Smokies had some excellent, easy hiking that would be perfect for any family or first time hikers looking for some good exercise in the great outdoors. Also, make sure to try the food while in this small town of Appalachian State University. From what I tried and all the reviews I read, this place has some fantastic and well-priced restaurants!

And as always, the views are breathtaking!

This was shot from the heart of the mountains on my drive through them as I was looking for a good place to sleep for the night.

This spot won out.

The early morning fog of the next day blocked some views, but allowed this shot, where the sunlight can be seen reaching the foliage in the distance.

And as the fog started to clear, more of the beautiful fall foliage was to be seen.

The hiking I found in this area was again, very easy going, but no less spectacular.

Driving out of it, I knew this was a place to return to. The roads in this area were twisty, fast and fun and were being taken full advantage of by plenty of motorcyclists. Someday I will come back with my road bike for the descent down from this location (almost directly south of Knoxville). And the ascent too, of course...

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