“The mountains are calling and I must go.” -John Muir
This is a belated photo blog of my Spring Break trip to Smoky Mountains National Park with Michael. We backpacked the Big Creek Trail to Mount Sterling Ridge Trail, then down Baxter Creek Trail in three days. The weather was beautiful except for a wild storm that hit us on our last night. Despite the best efforts of a raging wind and driving rain, our tent held up. The storm delayed our start on Wednesday, as we huddled in the middle of the tent listening to nature’s fury until Michael decided around 10:30 that we had to break camp regardless of the weather. Fortunately, the rain had subsided to a misty fog that enveloped the mountain and gave the woods a mystically eerie feel. By the afternoon, the weather cleared and we had a lovely hike down. We also had fun with the road trip portion, which was about 10 hours from St. Charles, MO to North Carolina near the Tennessee border.