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Great Smoky Mountains

Gatinburg, TN, USA - March 15, 2020
Straddled between the borders of Tennessee and North Carolina, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the most visited national park in the United States and one of the largest protected areas on the east coast. With our planned Miami trip cancelled due the novel coronavirus, one desperately needed some solace to vent out the frustation :P.

 Given the laziness of Spring break, we chose easiest hike to Laurel falls - even though a lot of trails here a part of 'The Appalachian Trail' which is a United States National Scenic Trail that runs over 2100 miles through 14 states in the eastern United States. ... Great Smoky Mountains. MemExp Blog Given the laziness of Spring break, we chose easiest hike to Laurel falls - even though a lot of trails here a part of 'The Appalachian Trail' which is a United States National Scenic Trail that runs over 2100 miles through 14 states in the eastern United States.

 But before anything, som... Great Smoky Mountains. MemExp Blog But before anything, some heavy traditional American brunch.

 Being 4 hrs away from At... Great Smoky Mountains. MemExp Blog Being 4 hrs away from Atlanta, and the one day trip, albeit the road-trip was more fun than the desination - passing through different surroundings like the flat plains ...

 .... a scenic drive next... Great Smoky Mountains. MemExp Blog .... a scenic drive next to the stream ...

 .... beautiful tree cano... Great Smoky Mountains. MemExp Blog .... beautiful tree canopies ...

... and ofcourse the "smoke" on "mountains"

 Random classy hilltop sh... Great Smoky Mountains. MemExp Blog Random classy hilltop shots.

 The route also included ... Great Smoky Mountains. MemExp Blog The route also included a lot of driving along this scenic stream ...

 ... and stops for pictur... Great Smoky Mountains. MemExp Blog ... and stops for pictures :P

  When the car looked so classy with just the perfect amount of drizzle. ... Great Smoky Mountains. MemExp Blog When the car looked so classy with just the perfect amount of drizzle.

 'nuff chitchat. Start th... Great Smoky Mountains. MemExp Blog 'nuff chitchat. Start the hike!

  There are over 800 miles of trail in the national park, but less than 3 miles are paved. Laurel Falls Trail is the longest of four paved trails in the park. The trail was originally built to allow fire crews access to the Cove Mountain area in the event of a fire ... Great Smoky Mountains. MemExp Blog There are over 800 miles of trail in the national park, but less than 3 miles are paved. Laurel Falls Trail is the longest of four paved trails in the park. The trail was originally built to allow fire crews access to the Cove Mountain area in the event of a fire

  The name The name "Smoky" comes from the natural fog that often hangs over the mountains and ...

 ... gives it a vampire-m... Great Smoky Mountains. MemExp Blog ... gives it a vampire-movie look!

 Canopies + Foilage + Fog... Great Smoky Mountains. MemExp Blog Canopies + Foilage + Fog = Perfect setting for a horror feature film.

  The final destination: Laurel Falls - this is what we were here for!! ... Great Smoky Mountains. MemExp Blog The final destination: Laurel Falls - this is what we were here for!!

 Seizing the moment! Cour... Great Smoky Mountains. MemExp Blog Seizing the moment! Courtesy @AiswaryaBhagavatula

 Downtown Gatlinburg: a r... Great Smoky Mountains. MemExp Blog Downtown Gatlinburg: a resort town which acts as a gateway to the National Park was a pleasant surprise, as being so close to the park ...

 ... it hasn't chosen to ... Great Smoky Mountains. MemExp Blog ... it hasn't chosen to keep its 'natural' feel and filled with bars, clubs and amusement rides.

 Ole Smoky Whisky Moonshi... Great Smoky Mountains. MemExp Blog Ole Smoky Whisky Moonshine tasting was an experience of its own with 13 types of whisky to offer.

 Cheeeers! ... Great Smoky Mountains. MemExp Blog Cheeeers!

 Ranging from 64% Spirits... Great Smoky Mountains. MemExp Blog Ranging from 64% Spirits to everyone's favorite Coffee based flavors.

 Intoxicated, Rocking and... Great Smoky Mountains. MemExp Blog Intoxicated, Rocking and Rolling...

 Gatlinburg Space Needle,... Great Smoky Mountains. MemExp Blog Gatlinburg Space Needle, serves as a great observation deck!

 With non-trip specials: ... Great Smoky Mountains. MemExp Blog With non-trip specials: @AkhileshSiddhanti, @RishiBubna, @SushrutKulkarni
Post Trip Whiskey tasting at home with screening of 'Contagion', setting the perfect theme for ...

 ... COVID-19 corona viru... Great Smoky Mountains. MemExp Blog ... COVID-19 corona virus which has ravaged the world. Let's see if I am alive to read this post after a year.

 Memories shared with @<a... Great Smoky Mountains. MemExp Blog Memories shared with @ParthTamane, @AnshulVora, @AnanyaOjha, @AiswaryaBhagavatula, @SanketAgrawal, @KathanKashiparekh, @DevarshVyas, @RajatBhavnani @KrishnaYalamarthy

 
 
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