Last weekend Kelvin and I made a quick trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee/North Carolina. I couldn’t believe how gorgeous the scenery was. The smoky appearance of the mountains is caused by evaporation from the trees.
We got a chance to hike part of the Appalachian Trail. I was surprised to learn that the National Park has a higher biodiversity than the entire northern Europe. The trails were nicely covered and really well maintained.
We woke up an hour before sunrise to catch the mountain ranges at their smokiest. It seems like there were a ton of awesome hikes there. We only had a chance to hike two, Charlies Bunion and Chimney Top, but I would love to go back and explore more of the Great Smoky Mountains.
On our one night stay, we got a chance to check out Gatlinburg, TN, a funny little tourist town just outside of the National Park. It was a fun trip to explore the candy shops, souvenir shops, and other little touristy gimmick stores around town.