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Travel Blogs from Franklin
... stayed in Gatlinburg a couple of nights and we did a **** load of walking which we needed after all the meat we have been eating.
In true form Troy and I decided we'd pick a hike that was called 'Chimney top', only 4 miles long can't be that bad. Holy **** it was steep! When you get to the top you have to climb a massive boulder I got about a quarter of the way up the boulder and started to freak out it ...
... Ironically, we were hiking in a thunderstorm through an area that had been ripped apart by a tornado just a couple of years earlier. The driver who dropped us off at the trailhead told us it was one of only two tornadoes ever recorded in the park. “When was the other?” I asked him. It was just five years ago or so. An example of climate change?
Anyway, the rain eventually stopped and we sloshed the last couple of miles in water-saturated boots (waterproofing ...
... the afternoon. (I napped, Chris read a computer book or something)
Tonight we had the Sach's over to our campsite for some Spaghetti Bolognese (or however that is spelled) Chris showed off his caveman fire building skills and also managed to throw away the brand new unopened box of Graham Crackers and Marshmallows we had purchased that day. Thank you very much sir.
walk along Reedy Cove Creek, passing a waterwheel on the way. Just past this is a wooden platform
overlooking the falls. As the name
implies, there are two falls – Reedy Cove splits into a tall freefall to the
left and a cascade to the right, with the two streams meeting up at the bottom. The views from the platform were nice, but
the cascades to the right were somewhat obscured by foliage so ...
... and head back.
How wrong was I. This was by far the hardest hike me and Leslie had ever done. I think it might have been the hardest thing i have ever done. The 4 miles to the falls was just one long uphill climb, we were at 3000 feet so the air was thin and seemed to be in short supply. Two miles in me and Les looked like we had been caught in a rain storm (Two sweaty cats). All the while M and L appeared to be skipping along without ...