I spent spring break in the GSMNP. That's a two day drive from West Tx. but worth the trouble. I slept in Cataloochee a couple of nights, then hiked up to #38 for a couple of nights. I had my Tenkara rod and attempted fly fishing for the first time with limited success. I caught a couple of fish but both were too small to keep. Cataloochee creek is about 10' across where I was, and overgrown so I spent a significant amount of time unsnagging and unsnarling my line. It rained all Monday night and most of Tuesday but I stayed warm and dry in my WBBB, MacCat and winter Crow's Nest.
I had never been to the Appalachians before but everything was beautiful - fantastic. I hope to go back again soon to explore this amazing part of our world. Photos at: gallery.me.com/paulnabors