we headed to gatlinburg in august for alicia's birthday. we split rent on a huge cabin and enjoyed our time there and in pigeon forge and downtown gatlinburg. on our saturday there, jay and i decided to hit the chimney tops trail. we thought we were in decent shape. well, our current shapes thought differently. we did hike about 1.5 of the 2 miles.... and when we were still staring at the mostly straight up trail, and the clouds enveloping the top of the trail, we decided to save our lungs, hearts, legs, etc. and head back down. but we got a few pictures from there. the next day we all hiked up clingman's dome and enjoyed some views on the way back. it was a nice, relaxing weekend with good friends.

still smiling post hike with "the chimneys" in the background

looking down the trail

very large tree. and me.

little waterfall and nice, cool water

old sign
steven & kelly, matt & alicia, jay & stacie

me and kelly at the top of clingman's dome

group shot

the parking lot... it is crazy that it is only 0.5 miles away