Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Smokies 2014

I was lucky enough this year to be able to do a second out of state fall trip (first one being to Michigan's Upper Peninsula). This was specially a treat as the weather in north east Illinois did not cooperate and color disappeared fairly quickly with the wind storms.

I've been to the Smokies twice already in the spring (although the second trip felt more like winter due to the snow storms) and both trips were wonderful. Growing up in an island with mountains makes it easy for me to connect with this beautiful National Park.
As the date of the trip approach I was starting to get nervous about the possibility (or lack) of color. The National Park Facebook page kept posting reports and it seemed that my dates were going to be past peak for the low elevations. The reality was that color was spectacular along the Middle Prong of the Little River.
The weather even cooperated by providing fog in the morning and clouds and rain in the afternoon. Not only did it rain while I was there; it also rain the days preceding my trip so there was plenty of water. The roaring of the rives was hypnotizing. Just looking at the images, I can hear in my mind the water flowing.