Return to the Smokies Day Four.
The day did not start out well. Tim woke up feeling even worse and Mother Nature decided to be her sadistic self. It was overcast when I woke up but it wasn’t long before the skies opened up and it started to pour. I spent the morning editing a few photos and writing the blog posts for the previous three days. I don’t have a working laptop so I’m using mobile LR and Photoshop on my IPad Pro for editing and also writing the blog posts. Unfortunately the box for the blog posts is only so big and once you get past that you can’t see your words so all my blogs will have to be finished once I get home and have access to my iMac. As the day progressed I could feel a cold coming on. Not surprising considering how much time Tim and I spent together.
We decided to grab lunch at A&W and then head to the park since it looked like there might be a break in the weather. See comment about sadistic Mother Nature. Best laid plans. It started to pour as soon as we arrived at the restaurant. I haven’t been to an A&W since I was a kid and I’ve always loved their root beer. I even bought an official A&W mug, I ordered the small one (shot size) but she rang up the largest one. Since she needed a manager to void the order, I told her not to worry about it and just took the large one.
After lunch there were still thick clouds over the mountains that we couldn’t see them so we headed back to the hotel where I did more editing.
The storms finally cleared around 4pm so we headed to Roaring Fork Nature Trail for our final photo outing together. Part of the road is rough for someone who is deathly afraid of heights. I was getting very nervous on the narrow one way road which has a steep drop off just past the asphalt and since we took my car and Tim doesn’t know how to drive a manual transmission, I had to drive. Since neither Tim nor I were feeling up to it we opted out of both the Rainbow Falls and Grotto Falls hikes. They are definitely on the list for the next trip but Tim will be driving next to time so I can feel safe on the inside part of the road. We stopped and took more photos of the flowing river because neither of us just don’t have enough long exposure river shots from this trip. We also stopped at the old mill.
We stopped at a wood fired pizza place on the way back to the hotel.