Trip Start Oct 15, 2011
12Trip End Oct 26, 2011
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The hike to Chimney Tops is 2 miles long with an elevation gain of 1700 feet. When they started it was cloudy and chilly but not windy. First they had to descend to the river and then start to climb up. It was a steep climb. After awhile they started shedding layers of clothes until they were both down to T-shirts. About 3/4 of the way up they came to an uprooted tree whose roots were blocking the trail. They had to go around it holding on to the roots and walking through the mud to get to the other side. Soon after they had their first view of Chimney Tops and they could see people at the top and people scrambling up the rocks
One neat thing that they found was the log that Erin and her friend, Christie, sat on when they did the hike with Larry in 1993. The log is still there but it no longer spans the ravine it went across. It is broken in the middle now but they took a picture of it anyway.
Coming back at Sugarlands the road was backed up into Gatlinburg. They came back through Pigeon Forge on the bypass and stopped at a Hillbilly Junk Shop where Derek got an ashtray for one of his friends who collects them. Right now they are still in the hot tub with their beers. I took a picture of them in the tub.
For supper I fixed Banana Peppers Casserole and Larry and Derek ate it. I ate much safer leftovers of spaetzle noodles. After supper we went out on the deck for our last sunset and it was a great one. When we came in we did the dishes and started packing so we can leave early tomorrow.