I'm very excited to share with you all some images from a recent trip to Great Smoky Mountain National Park (GSMNP). First, I just have to say that the Smoky Mountains are amazingly beautiful. It is easy to see why this is one of the most visited National Parks in the USA. Tucked in within driving distance from the east coast, south and midwest, it easily gets a lot of traffic.
A 10 hour drive I traveled with 3 other local photographers, Bill Shaner, Tim Lester, and David Vernon. Yes, even as the only girl, I managed to hold my own and hike with the boys. I'm proud to say that I did this with minimal whining. I might have been a little tired and had feet that were ready to explode after two full days of hiking. I took my shoes off and vowed not to put them back on for the remainder of the trip. The hiking over 11 miles and 1700 of elevation was challenging at times for me. I hope in future to be in better shape to be able to go a little faster and a little farther. It was worth the feet of fire though, because at the end of each trail was a stunning waterfall; a display of nature's beauty just waiting to be photographed. The smokies delivered everywhere we went in the park. I can honestly say everything we saw was worth the drive or hike. If we'd had more time, I'm sure we would have enjoyed the rest of the park left unseen on this visit.
This will be a two part blog post sharing my favorite images from the trip as well as what I took on the trip to create my images. Let's begin with some of my favorites from the trip. For more details about the place, head over to my Smoky set on Flickr. I've given more description and details on locations within the park.