Waterfall in the Great Smoky Mountains (Smoky Mountain National Park)

This past fall we spent a few picturesque days in the Great Smoky Mountains hiking and taking pictures before taking off for the Honky Tonks of Nashville. The mountains here – which look more like hills compared with the Rockies in the west – provide amazing foliage during the fall season as the leaves change from green to brown before tumbling from the trees.

Waterfall in the Great Smoky Mountains (Smoky Mountain National Park)

However, the crowds pressing to see the leaves really limited my enjoyment. The purpose – IMO – of taking a vacation is to get away but this trip was anything but that. At every corner we seemed to encounter more like minded tourists/photographers. Therefore, even for all of the beauty I would not go back. It was a sight to see but its now checked off my bucket list. Speaking of bucketlist – a month from now my wife and I will be on a plane to South Africa. We will spend a few nights in Cape Town before embarking on a trip to Zimbabwe and Zambia and finally a safari in Northern South Africa. It finally sunk in yesterday afternoon that this date was approaching when I had to get my Hep-A and Hep-B vaccinations. Malaria is also a possibility in the Victoria Falls and Safari portion of this trip so we will be on malaria medicine for 19 days while abroad – I heard a segment of people get some f’d up dreams from that stuff so hoping I don’t have that type of reaction.

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