Subtle Smokies

Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, 2014.

There are occasional days in the summer when cars are not permitted and I happened to be there on one of those exact days.

11 miles solid.

So, I parked my car and set out for, I thought, a mile or two. Then I’d double back and be done with it.

But those I encountered, who were walking (or cycling) toward me on the loop road, said things like: “it’s beautiful just ahead” and “we saw bears in there” and “this is one of the best hikes I’ve ever done”. So I kept walking. And walking. Walking until I was back where I started, minus the double back.

There was plenty to see and plenty to photograph, though I present these images of the road. Because it was the road I remember most of all.

One of my favorite hikes. Not because of the spectacles, but because of the subtleties.

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