The Great Smokey Mountains

This past weekend, I took a trip to the Smokey Mountains, one of my favorite places! As a child, my dad's side of the family always vacationed there and visiting brings back so many good memories.

On Saturday afternoon, we decided we would hike 2.7 miles through the national park to Rainbow Falls. Surprisingly, this hike ended up being up hill the entire time and included encounters with two different bears - one who we saw from the car and one who walked right across our trail breaking up our group. This was an interesting experience to say the least!
Here is our bear friend:

Although this hike was rough, the waterfall at the top was beautiful and worth the venture.

Group shot at the top:

We definitely needed to rest before we started the journey back down the mountain. Ben only had Sperrys to wear and I wore Coach gym shoes. Lesson learned: these are NOT made for hiking. Never again will I wear these uphill! Next time we will come prepared.

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