A Long Hike


I really wanted to have some lovely fall recipe for you this morning. I really truly wanted that. Something with pumpkin in it probably. Pumpkin is the only good things about fall. And leggings. Oh, and apple orchards. Alright, I don’t hate fall that much. I just really love summer. I’m still mourning its loss. But, I digress.

So yea, I wanted to have some lovely pumpkin-y recipe to post this week. But, I don’t. I have some nature for you, though. Some misty, foggy, mountain-y, morning nature. Will that do?


It’s a hard juggle trying to balance work, derby, my blog, and still relaxing a bit (and by relaxing, I mean hiking for 7 hours). So, this past weekend, “relaxing” won out. (Next weekend, roller derby is fully taking over.(yay!!))

So yea, I went to Gatlinburg with family for what I thought was a nice leisurely hike. That turned into about 7 hours later and the sorest calf muscles I’ve ever had! But it was beautiful and we had a wonderful time.

It started high up. Up here to be exact:


You could say it was a bit foggy…


But I really enjoyed that. If you’re familiar with the area at all, we hiked from Clingmans Dome to Newfound Gap.Clingmans-Dome-Hike-1

It’s a .5 mile hike to get to the trail. And from there it’s ~8 miles of up and down climbing with lots of fog and mud. It was awesome.




There were some moments of serious incline


We passed a couple serious hikers out there.Clingmans-Dome-Hike-6

And I took obsessive amounts of photos (284 to be exact). But I caught some nice (often out of focus) moments.


And other times my attempt to be “artsy” just turned into a shot that looks like the mountain creeper took itClingmans-Dome-Hike-21




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What’s the longest hike you’ve ever been on?

*These photos were edited using the Greater Than Gatsby Actions.*

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11 comments on “A Long Hike”

  1. Girl! I promise I am not a blog creeper but I am pretty positive we could be friends in real life. I love your blog and your style… not to mention you are cool enough for roller derby! Jealous! I wanna hear more about that!! I am heading to the mountains Thursday for 4 days of camping, hiking and biking. I am SO excited to get out there! This is the perfect season for it!

  2. these pictures are great! I love a good hike, I’ll have to put this on my to-do list the next time I’m in Gatlinburg!

  3. I saw your pictures on facebook earlier today and they are stunning! Gatlinburg has the best places to hike, it looks like you all had a great time!


  4. Lovely photos! Makes me feel I was there – in a good way :)

  5. These are gorgeous photos!! Looks like such a great time–although I am not sure I would use the word relaxing hehe ;) I love the photo of the spiderweb!

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  6. These are ravishing photographs!! It would appear that such an extraordinary time– in spite of the fact that I don’t know I would utilize the word unwinding hehe ;) I adore the photograph of the spiderweb!