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A Little Hiking In The Smokies

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Thought I’d share a few photos taken from a recent vacation in The Great Smokey Mountains National Forest.

 

It’s a very large National Forest with a LOT of trails.

 

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It was mainly a series of day hikes in different locations so I was mostly traveling light, my walking stick and a couple of sharps, with a few other pieces of kit; compass, ferro rod, and a couple of small lights in my pockets and around my neck and in a shoulder bag. I found the mirror on the compass to be a great help for safely removing all of the suicidal gnats that kept flying into my eyes.

 

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There are several large streams and small rivers.

 

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Great places to test some things.

 

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Several types of fungi up there.

 

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The humidity was so high that even in the shade of the canopy I was constantly soaked with sweat.

 

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Lots of poison ivy

 

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Both eastern and western poison oak

 

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Lots of life too. Deer old and young

 

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Hornets

 

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Snakes

 

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Butterflies

 

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Ducks

 

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And even a sleeping bear

 

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No camping, just a lot of walking, but it was a great trip.

 

 

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Beautiful photos thanks. I love the Smokies

 

Thanks, glad you enjoyed them.

 

 

I love it. What species of snake was that?

 

I'm thinking it was a grey rat snake.

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this is a rat snake we have in iowa, dont find them much but they are the longest snake in iowa. the record is 101 in. this one was just about 6 foot. he liked our camp so much he came back twice to play with me.  :love:  

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this is a rat snake we have in iowa, dont find them much but they are the longest snake in iowa. the record is 101 in. this one was just about 6 foot. he liked our camp so much he came back twice to play with me.  :love:  

 

Well, looks like your rat snakes sure eat well :)

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No way I would pass up that stream without laying in the water.  I miss being able to hike into places like that but hey I got old.  :'(

 

Thanks for the pictures and the gear demos.  :arigato:

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Great pictures!

 

We'll have to get together...I'll take a trip down there and you take one up here.  That gives us both a chance to see and do something different.

 

 

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Great pictures!

 

We'll have to get together...I'll take a trip down there and you take one up here.  That gives us both a chance to see and do something different.

 

 

 

Would love to come up that way in the early autumn one year, but I can't do it this year. Would love to have some good Wisconsin cheese from the source

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No way I would pass up that stream without laying in the water.  I miss being able to hike into places like that but hey I got old.   :'(

 

Thanks for the pictures and the gear demos.   :arigato:

 

Didn't lay down, but soaked my feet a few times.

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~ Great pics Mistwalker! You're an excellent photographer!  :thumbup:   You really have an eye for it, PLUS you obviously know how to sit and wait for a great shot.

 

Thank you Taken!

 

Wildlife photography definitely requires patience.

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great pictures mist. i like the duck. its like shes looking at you saying "do you mind...im bathing here"  and i would love to bike those trails...sweet!

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great pictures mist. i like the duck. its like shes looking at you saying "do you mind...im bathing here"  and i would love to bike those trails...sweet!

 

Thanks man, glad you liked them, and yeah, I liked that shot of the duck too.

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I miss my mountains!  :cry:  

 

This is where Ant and I saw the black bear as we were on our way to Cade's Cove.  I think it's one of the most beautiful places on earth.  :love:

 

Excellent pictures, mistwalker.  :thumbsup:

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I miss my mountains!  :cry:  

 

This is where Ant and I saw the black bear as we were on our way to Cade's Cove.  I think it's one of the most beautiful places on earth.  :love:

 

Excellent pictures, mistwalker.  :thumbsup:

 

Thanks Holly, a few of those photos were taken in Cades Cove

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