Jeremy and I went backpacking in the Smokies this weekend. It was fun, kinda. Actually it was a lot of work and very tiring, but it may have been worth it. We had a map of different loops in the Smokies and each was labeled either moderate, hard, or strenuous. We picked the shortest "moderate" trail, which was about 13 miles. Long story short, we did part of another trail and half of that trail and ended up hiking about 14 miles, 8 the first day about about 6 the second. Most of the first day was uphill, er, up mountain. It was rough. The second day was better since it was mostly downhill.
There weren't too many other people out; we saw two other groups of backpackers and a few groups of people on horses. No one else was at our campsite though. It was pretty peaceful, but I was so hot, sweaty, and tired to really appreciate the fact that we were in the mountains and all the beauty that was there. Next time, next time.
Pictures are here, but not in any type of order. They are also on facebook for those of you cool enough for facebook.