Hemphill Bald Loop, GSMNP- September 2009

I had just finished a week long work convention in Atlanta and needed some quiet time. A couple of days in the Smokies seemed just the ticket. Christine had just a couple of days she could spare from work, so it was set. 26 mile loop starting at Polls Gap. We started at dawn and I got to see my first wild boar along the roadside along with a large male and female Elk.

The Morning starting out bright and clear

Immediately it is the small things that catch your attention when you can be still and quiet
Spider web in the morning light (below)

Many small things, full of beauty, if you pay attention

The rushing water and many stream crossings made the morning exciting

Woody Homestead

About half way point for today, Catalooche divide. We had previously seen many Elk here.

Camp #41 (above) and trying out the new Tarptent

Making dinner for 2... Christine where is your spoon and bowl and oh by the way where is breakfast?

Day 2- Moving up toward Hemphil Bald. Been going up hill in the trees all day, but it was well worth the effort. Great view from the top.

More great beauty both looking up and looking down

Finished again. These are all way to short, but I had a great time.

A 180 degree view from the top of Hemphill Bald. A great vantage point.

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