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June 2013

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Porter’s Creek Trail (7 miles) 6-23-13

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The last day…the last trail and I don’t think any of us made it back to the campsite which is the turnaround point to come back. I bailed first, followed by Wayne, then Marietta and finally Sara and Joan  showed up shortly after. Sara later told me that they turned back as well. I don’t think that it was so much as Porter’s Creek being difficult as the previous day had whipped us all pretty badly. Ann and Michelle did not even attempt this hike.
It was a wonderful three day adventure. Our second annual Great Smoky Adventure. Next year, about this time, we will do it again with three different trails!
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Mt. LeConte 6-22-13

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After trudging up the Rainbow Falls trail we reached Mt. LeConte, the second highest peak in the Smokies.

We spent about an hour or so at the LeConte Lodge where we sat on a porch in rocking chairs and admired the amazing vistas. I bought a rather expensive sack lunch at the dining room and after bathroom breaks and conversation we headed up to the “actual” peak which is two tenths of a mile still up the mountain to an area called Clifftops that affords beautiful views in every direction.

We then re-grouped back at the lodge and then headed back down the 7 miles and 4,000+ feet of the Bull Head Trail to the parking lot. The whole hike plus the time at LeConte took about 12 hours or so. I think we were all sufficiently wiped out after this hike.

We went into Gatlinburg after the hike and ate at the Smoky Mountain Brewery and enjoyed the evening before returning to Elkmont for the night.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Rainbow Falls Trail (7 miles to LeConte) 6-22-13

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Day two of our Great Smoky Adventure was a trip to Mt. LeConte via the Rainbow Falls Trail and then back down via the Bull Head Trail for a total of fourteen miles—Fourteen VERY HARD miles. The Rainbow Falls trail to LeConte had an elevation gain of 4,000+ feet and then, yes, we had to go back down 4,000+ feet.

This post is Rainbow Falls. I will present Mt. LeConte in a separate post.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Little River Trail to Goshen Prong Fork 7 miles. 6-21-13

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A group of us avid hikers went to the Great Smoky Mountains for a weekend of camping and hiking. We did nearly thirty miles in three days and camped at Elkmont inside the National Park.

Myself , Wayne, Joan, Sara, Marietta, Ann and Michelle had a wonderful trip and were all very sore after the weekend adventure.

First up is the Little River Trail. The hike was 3.5 miles to the Goshen Prong Fork and then the return to the trail head. It was intermittent rain and the weather was cool. The Little River was flowing fast and hard; I’ve actually never seen the Little River with that much water.

After the hike, we returned to Elkmont for the evening, had supper and crashed until the morning where the real adventure started!

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Barns 2013: Barn 43 Valley View

Barn 43 Valley View
Barn 43 Valley View

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Barns 2013: Barn 41 Ravaged

This barn is located on Valley View Road in Lascassas and is in poor shape. It looks very windblown, but still looks like it makes a good garage, albeit the care looks like it has been parked there for years!

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Stones River Float 6-8-13

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I scouted out a section of the Stones that I had never done before. I put in at Betty Ford Rd and took out at Walter Hill Dam. It was a beautiful day for a solo float and the scenery on this stretch is beautiful.

Luckily I went on Saturday because Sunday it stormed all day long.

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Cottonport 6-3-13

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I have a good friend that lives in this Civil War era house that was once a Civil War hospital among other things. I was in charge of her two boys today and this week and I absolutely love this house….and the kids. Thanks to Tammy Frost for entrusting me to her kids and house!

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