Dropped car at Fort Lauderdale airport and flew into Atlanta, picking up another car, and drove the 200+ miles from Georgia through North Carolina and just over the border to Gatlinburg in Tennessee to stay at the Red Roof Inn & Suites ($162, 3nghts), more good value accommodation.
I didn’t really fancy Gatlinburg as a town, it’s very much geared towards tourists, but it is well placed to enjoy Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
I’m glad I didn’t run into any of the spiders that created these huge webs that I see hanging from trees all over the area.
I make an early start one morning, before sunrise, on the drive the headlights catch the eyes of a coyote or something at the edge of the road before disappearing into the woods. I stop to watch the sun come up over the mountains before continuing to the trailhead for the Chimney Tops Trail.
A beautiful morning to be walking, although I wasn’t quite able to make it to the tip of the chimney top due to the rather slippery conditions and the fact I kinda got stuck near the top, unable to find a move up or down, so I lay against the rocks enjoying the view before finding a way back down.
The viewpoint at the NC/TN state line is wonderful at an elevation of 5,046ft there’s a sea of clouds in the valleys below.