May 19, 2017
7 Days, 8 Waterfalls
I had a week off from work and I knew I had to do something outside. Spring is in full effect and everything is so green! A lot of the treasures hidden throughout Tennessee I have only seen during the winter, lacking all life and color. It had also been raining for the past week, and was going to continue to rain. So what did I decide to do? I decided to go and check up on all of the waterfalls around the middle Tennessee area! My trip began in Chattanooga where I saw the only sunrise for the entire next week. Then, I went east towards the Smoky Mountains.
Because it was overcast and rainy the entire time, the views were few and far between. I was rewarded with a few breaks in the clouds here and there, but not much. There was that 1 sunset at Clingman's Dome that absolutely blew my mind though...
Oh, and those baby bears I came across in Cades Cove was pretty neat...!
After a few days in the Smoky Mountains I began my trek back West, with plans to see 8 waterfalls on my way back home. They did not disappoint.
At the 8th and final waterfall I met up with some friends to shoot with.
November 11, 2016
Smoky Mountains in the Fall
I had a 3-day weekend beginning November 11th and decided to try and catch the tail end of fall. Here in West Tennessee it has been warm, giving us not much of a fall at all. The decision was made to head East towards the mountains. My friend Haley joined me after work Friday night and the 8-hour drive across the state began. We crossed the entrance to the park around 2am and spent the next 3 hours stopping off at scenic points and taking photos of the stars before getting some sleep in the back of car.
Because sunrise was about 2 hours after we finally went to bed, we decided to sleep past it. We woke up around 9am and the park was already beginning to fill with tourists for the day.
Being the first visit to the park for the both of us, we didn't really know what to do. At the recommendation of a friend, we decided to hike the Chimney Tops trail. This turned out to be a great decision because about 3 weeks after our visit is when the fires at Chimney Tops began and closed down the trail.
After a strenuous hike up Chimney Tops, we left the park and headed for Max Patch. We slept in the car that night and make the hike up just as the sun was beginning the rise the next morning.