Gatlinburg, TN – Day 1
Woohoo!! A vacation!!!!!! Totally, what I needed to escape the madness for a little while. I have recently been picked up as the Propmaster/Key Wardrobe for an independent feature film being shot in Charlotte, NC. Working in film means no time to spend with your loved ones at home.. something I realized while I was in school getting my film degree. Fortunately, Brendan and I already had a little weekend getaway planned so it was a great excuse to get out of town for a bit.
Heading out on Friday afternoon, we arrived in the Great Smoky Mountains around sunset. I had to pull off the road as we approached to get this shot… Such a beautiful time to be pulling up! Could not have gotten luckier on that one.
The next morning, we set off for a hike. Neither of us are really hiking people.. just a couple of city kids, really… But the lure of a 100-foot waterfall, home to a diverse range of salamander species, was just too much for me. While looking up it’s location, I seemed to have missed this part…:
“The trail to the waterfall gains over 2,000′ in elevation over its 4 mile course and the 8-mile roundtrip hike is considered strenuous in difficulty.” (nps.gov)
Off we go!
That’s me! (For the record, it’s not a fanny pack when it’s filled with lenses, batteries, and memory cards..)
That was a teeny tiny skinny little bridge that we had to cross to continue on the path. Scary!! I love adventures!!
As you can tell in the picture above.. the sun was beginning to set. I was so determined to make it to the waterfall.. We kept pushing on, hoping to make it before dark. After climbing over three miles into the forest, we regretfully had to turn back. It was a disappointing blow to work so hard to get there and just barely fall short. We were SO close, but the dangers weighed more than the photo op. The rocks and moss were slippery, BEARS are apparently everywhere in the area, and the path was overall tough and dangerous. Just before we turned around, we set the camera on a rock for this shot of the two of us.
In the dark, the hard path was much scarier. I kept thinking I was seeing bears!! We were telling “what if..” horror stories just to creep ourselves out. After over six miles, we made it back alive and all was well. We were exhausted!!! Went home and I took some cool shots of the night sky with fog creeping around the mountain. Then… bedtime. xoxo