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    100 Miles in the Smokies (almost)

    It's been way too long, but I finally got my Smokies trip report posted! 121 picures...
    http://www.tothewoods.net/HikingPicturesSmokies.html

    This was one of my favorite trips ever. I ended up hiking the length of the park. My family dropped me off at Mt Sterling Ranger Station just off I-40 at the north end of the park, and I hiked a smattering of trails to get to Fontana Dam in the south. The mileage on the ATC map was consistently less than the mileage posted on the trail signs, but all told it was right around 100 miles...probably 97 or so.

    Mt Sterling Trail
    Big Creek Trail
    Camel Gap Trail
    Gunter Fork Trail
    Balsam Mtn Trail
    Beech Gap Trail
    Hyatt Ridge Trail
    Enloe Creek Trail
    Chasteen Creek Trail
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    Dry Sluice Gap Trail (this was a serious buttkicker and I ran out of water for about 4 miles)
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    Clingman's Dome Bypass Trail
    Forney Ridge Trail
    Forney Creek Trail
    Lakeshore Trail for the final 30-some miles...saw the most wildlife here
    Ended at Fontana Dam

    This was a great trip! I did some night hiking, saw some bears (one walked right thru the campsite and circled us all night), drank water right from springs, got rain-soaked and didn't care, sweated, thought about nothing and everything, used the Bushbuddy with wet wood every day, slept alone most nights, sweated some more, caught a snake, ate free smoked pork chops, bought two ice creams from the Fontana Dam gift shop, where the lady made me eat half her hamburger and most of her fries, and I took a glorious shower...then drove straight to FL for my sister's graduation.

    So check it out and let me know what you think!
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    Wow ... thanks for posting Jeff ... I enjoyed the read. Love the shot of the tree growing out of the old car.

    Sounds like you had a blast.

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    100 Miles in the Smokies

    Outstanding! Love the SMNP. Great Pics.

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    Definitely a great time! Those cars were all over...probably saw 12 of them.

    Teaser - I took a lot of video, too. I've looked at most of it but haven't started compiling it into a movie yet.
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    That was a great read. Took me vicariously to a "happy place".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jeff View Post
    Definitely a great time! Those cars were all over...probably saw 12 of them.

    Teaser - I took a lot of video, too. I've looked at most of it but haven't started compiling it into a movie yet.
    Ha ... looking forward to seeing that for sure!

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    Thanks for taking us along. Maybe they should close the Smokies because of aggressive no-seeum activity. But it sounds like the trip was worth it anyway. (Come to West Virginia - no bugs, and the bears run away. )

    I think the little plants you like are Ground Cedar, but my mother said they were called "Crows' Feet" when she was growing up.

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    I think the little plants you like are Ground Cedar, but my mother said they were called "Crows' Feet" when she was growing up
    They are Running Cedar Lycopodium digitatum. Use to be very common in North Carolina but hard to find now. low-growing evergreen plant, in a group of plants known as clubmosses. Clubmosses aren't really mosses; they're more closely related to ferns.
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    Great report and great pictures. Brought back memories.
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    Excellent trip report Jeff. I'm amazed at the groomed trail, beautiful red star flower, beautiful scenery in general. Thanks for sharing.
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