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Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 10.11.2011

[caption id="attachment_308" align="alignleft" width="300"] Hike Route traced in yellow.[/caption] Itinerary - Day 1 11/17/2011 - 15.5 miles Chestnut Top Trail - 4.3 mi Schoolhouse Gap Trail - 1 mi Turkeypen Ridge Trail - 3.4 mi Crib Gap Trail - 1.6 mi Anthony Creek Trail - 3.5 mi Bote Mtn Trail - 1.7 mi Spencefield Shelter - Camping Chestnut Top trail had nice wintertime views of Thunderhead and at one point I could view the big 3, Clingman's Dome, Mt. LeConte, and Mt. Guyot. At least I believed it was those three! I only saw one other hiker until I neared Cades...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 01.11.2011

Permit 95875 Day 1 - Oct 28, 2011 13.5 miles - Clingman's Dome - AT Bypass Trail to AT to Goshen Prong - South on Little River Trail to Rough Creek Campsite 24. To Three Forks Campsite 30 and return to Rough Creek Campsite 24. It was 15 degrees colder on Clingmans Dome, than at Smokemont. I saw phosphorescence peeking out of the fog in the woods below the Clingmans parking lot. Dots like unmoving animal night eyes .  In the morning I had finished breakfast before first light. Scrambled egg whites with mozzarella...

Hiking, Shining Rock Wilderness, Southeast / 26.09.2011

Sept 23, 2011 Slept in the back of the van last night at the parking for the trailhead for Old Butt Knob trail. Rained all night. In the morning I cooked breakfast in the rain, but the rain cleared before I started hiking. Old Butt Knob trail is not as tough as Green Mountain trail, but it does have some very steep sections along a narrow rocky ridge. The sky became absolutely clear blue with a few clouds blanketing some lower mountains and valleys. Just as quickly the clouds moved...

Hiking, Shining Rock Wilderness, Southeast / 16.09.2011

September 9, 2011 - Friday Night Along a dark stretch of road next to Lake Logan I slowed as I approached a car that had run into a ditch. I stopped to ask whether anyone was hurt and I quickly saw that the only "hurt" was the "hurt" that a bottle of liquor can put on a person. This guy and his girlfriend were otherwise okay. He obviously didn't want 911 involved. I told him that I couldn't pull his car out of the ditch and I moved on. Most cars that...