That being said, some trips have their perks. Last week, for example, I was forced to take a trip to Tennessee and spend the week in the Smoky Mountains (the most visited National Park in America). One of the highlights of the trip was a hike through the park. It lasted a couple hours and thanks to the thin air (and my sedentary lifestyle), it was nearly as challenging as the half marathon I ran last fall.
Of course, I took my camera and spent the majority of the hike snapping photos. I wish I had taken my tripod since many of my shots were limited by my heavy breathing and not-so-steady hands. Here are some of the better shots.
Definitely living up to its name.
There were two women, in their late 50s, hiking the Appalachian Trail. They started in Georgia and were on day 23 of their trek. I barely made it up the 1/2 mile path I was on.
I shall call you, "Nose Rock."
Lots of great streams throughout the park. What makes a great stream? If you have to ask, then I guess you'll never understand.
The strangest tree I've ever seen. It's like it's slowly sucking up rocks from the earth beneath it.
Same water. Slower shutter.
Random log. You may recognize it from the movie Bambi. True story I just made up.
Spooky tree. This thing haunts my sleep.
A big rock. In the Smoky Mountains there are lots of big rocks. Really big. Really lots.
A rock being assimilated by moss. Resistance is futile.