Chimney Tops

Trip Start Oct 15, 2011
Trip End Oct 26, 2011

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Today Larry and Derek hiked the Chimney Tops Trail without me.  I stayed at the cabin drinking Kaopectate.  I am feeling better but sure wish I knew what was going on.  I read and played video games on the computer.  They got back about 3:30 and got a beer and got into the hot tub.  None of that for me.

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.  Before they got there they had to cross a ridge that was all rocks and tree roots.  Finally, they made it to the rocky approach where they had to scramble up the rocks to get to the top.  Larry took his back pack off before going up.  At the top there was a spectacular 360* view.  They could see the snow on the mountains, the colors in the valleys and the sky was now sunny and blue. When they got to the top, there was no one else there. They hung out at the top for awhile and then went back down, retrieved the back pack and sat and had their lunch.  By the time they left the top was crowded with college kids from Louisiana.  After lunch they headed back down the mountain.

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.
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