Mt. Laconte Lodge

The Mt. Laconte Lodge at, you can probably guess, the top of Mt. Laconte.  You can rent cabins there for an overnight stay at the top of the mountain, which, with a little additional planning can be made into a small through hike with light packs since they have beds,… Continue reading

Smoky Mountains 2015 – Day 1

Smoky Mountains Day 1 itinerary: 9:30pm (CT) – depart Chicago (Midlothian) Drove through the night 8:30am – arrive in the Smoky Mountains Stopped at Sugarlands visitor center Headed to Ramsey Falls (+ coffee) 10:20 – started hike 12:15 – arrived at the fall 1:15 – start descent 3:30 – return… Continue reading

Chimneys Trail

The trail up to the Chimneys in the Smoky Mountains.  There is supposedly a gorgeous panoramic view at the top.  It was white for 360 degrees, but we kind of anticipated that given the fog on the trail which was pretty cool in and of itself. Picture taken with Sony… Continue reading

Stinking Benjamin

The rare, and much sought after, Stinking Benjamin!  A red variety of trillium that we were keeping an eye out for the entire trip.  From Wikipedia: “The flowers have the smell of rotting meat, as they are pollinated by flies.” Picture taken with Sony a6000, SEL 18-200mm lens @ 39mm,… Continue reading

Cable Grist Mill

The historic Cable Grist Mill in Cades Cove.  Took many, many pictures trying to decide just how I wanted the wheel to look.  It wasn’t spinning when we first arrived, but an attendant came and enabled it. Pictures taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 10-22mm lens @ 11mm, 15 sec, f/16,… Continue reading