This past Friday I didn't have work so Jeremy and I went for a hike. We've done this in the past on Good Friday, but with a group. This year we went solo. We decided to do Chimney Tops in the Smokies because I think it's one of those hikes you're supposed to do at some point if you live here. It's only 4 miles total, but it's pretty strenuous - two miles up, two miles down. Plus, once you get to the top, or near the top, it's literally a climb up a rock face to get to the very top. Once we got there, I was unsure if I actually wanted to go to the top, but knew I'd regret it if I didn't. The boys in front of us told me there was an easier way down on the other side so I decided to do it. The climb was a bit scary, and I was definitely aware of my own mortality during it. I was extra careful since I knew I couldn't get hurt since my health insurance doesn't actually cover anything.
I wish we got a good picture of the rock climb at the top. It was pretty crazy. Plus whatever kind of rock it was heated up in the sun and burned your hands. I was happy we weren't there later in the day or it would have been impossible.
The park and the trail we were on were fairly busy since it was spring break for a lot of people, but luckily we went early enough in the day that it wasn't too bad. On the way down the mountain we saw a TON of people going up. And for some reason, a lot of those people didn't have any water. I don't think they knew what was ahead.
Here is a video Jeremy took of the 360 degree view at the top:
And here's a picture of the way down. See those rocks? That was the climb up.