After spending the remainder of the week at home resting, I did manage to get away for about 4 days in the Smoky Mountains.
When I arrived in the Smokies it was actually snowing on Clingman's Dome.
As I drove higher up the mountain the clouds got lower and lower
The wind had frozen the ice and snow in the direction that the wind blows up the mountain
The snow clouds held low to the moutain and it was only really snowing at the very top.
What a difference a day makes. The very next day standing in the same parking lot at Clingman's Dome. The temperature was still in the 30's but as clear as a bell.
I hiked out to Andrew's Bald and enjoyed the sunshine and the beautiful day. It was chilly, but I was dressed for it and even took a nap in the tall grass at the bald. The changing weather made for some strange cloud formations.
The next day I hiked alone up Mingus Creek, with a stop by the Mingus Mill. This is still a working mill inside the park that makes flour using the water to turn the milling stones
The water is diverted from Mingus Creek into the mill
Relaxing at the top of Mingus Creek. It was about 3 miles straight up... I am suppose to be resting..
The colors hadn't quite started to turn in the tops of the trees
When Christine was free, we went on a hike across the park starting at the famous "Tunnel to Nowhere". It was a fantastic day and the hike was easy and relaxing... a few ground yellow jackets made it exciting for Christine.
The day took us along Forney Creek Trail
Juney Whank Falls- below
Indian Creek Falls
The next day we made a hike that started at New Found Gap parking lot and started up the AT. The high pressure gave us continued perfect weather
The inversion of the clouds in the valley. Low areas could be completely fogged in, but just a little higher up, completely blue skies!
It was a great few days of relaxation
The low and high pressure mix the first day I arrived in the Park made for some very strange cloud formations at Clingman's Dome.- video below