Smoky Mountains sojourn

Today’s is a guest post from Rob, writing about his tour and trek in the Smoky Mountains while I was steeping myself in poetry at camp.

After leaving Asheville, I spent a couple days in Hot Springs NC, once a popular health resort come WWI German Internment camp.  Now popular for trekking and rafting.

Hot Springs - North Carolina RHW

Frosty start to the next day passing through some great Madison County rural scenery en route to the town of Cherokee where there’s a captivating museum documenting the history of the Cherokee nation, including its forced removal to Oklahoma.  This is also commemorated with a recently opened hiking trail of their journey to Oklahoma, “The Trail of Tears.”

Madison County - RHWCherokee - RHWSequoyah Syllabeary - RHW

Then back on the road again, when suddenly all the traffic came to a standstill with a surprise sighting of an elk by the roadside!!

Elk - RHW

The last few photos are of the magnificent autumn colours in the Smokies, Nantahala Gorge rapids where the 2013 World Kayaking championships were held, and finally the Whitewater Falls on the border of North and South Carolina.

Smoky Mountains - RHW

Nantahala Canyon - RHW

Whitewater Falls - NC - RHW

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