smoky mountains hiking: day two.

We woke on our second day in the Smoky Mountains to a cloud-covered view, resembling more of the adjective from which they get their name.

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Our mission for the day was to find a path to a waterfall. We spent the night before researching the nearby trails (luckily, my dad brought his guidebook, since Google was beyond our reach). We had strict criteria: around 2 miles one way, not too popular, moderately difficult (we wanted one harder than the day before, but not one that would kill us), and a spectacular waterfall at the end. We found exactly what we wanted on the Hen Wallow Falls trail.

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We had to traverse a fallen log that was crossing the trail at one point, but the boys thought it would be more fun to go through it. I think they were right!

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Alex wasn’t crazy about all the “up…”

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But the destination was so worth it! Photos don’t do this natural wonder justice. You can see more of the scale of the falls behind my cute kids in this photo.

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**tech nerd alert:**

One day, I will carry an ND filter and a tripod with me to get some true long-exposure waterfall photos. But for now, I’m pretty happy with how hand-holding at 1/15 s (at f 16) turned out. I couldn’t go much lower without getting camera shake, and bracing myself against this mossy wall helped. It did manage to make the water a little softer.

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These next few photos just make my heart happy!

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This one’s going on my wall.

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See? Sisters do get along once in awhile.

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Back at the cabin, the sunset was pretty spectacular.

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At least, Alex thought so.

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Here’s to adventures while in search of a waterfall. And homemade trail mix. And exercise with a view. Cheers!

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