On the sunny weekend that I was there, the "Smoky" part of the Great Smoky Mountains wasn't readily apparent. But most of my time was spent under the vast green canopy, breathing in the soothing greenness and listening only to babbling brooks and twittering birds.
The park includes hundreds of hiking trails, all of which seems to run alongside miles of babbling brooks and waterfalls.
Some of the trails were primitive, lined with gnarly tree roots and slippery rocks to stumble on.
My cozy little tent kept me safe and dry through a thunderstorm the last night.
Rustic buildings leftover from the 1920s are scattered throughout the trails.
This enormous cave was the end point of my most strenuous hike, which took about 4 hours.
Where: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
I'm behind on my postings; this is from a June trip to San Jose, CA.
Indie creative spirit is usually NOT the first thing that comes to mind when you say Silicon Valley. But emerging subcultures are indeed the focus of the SubZero street festival, which bills itself as a "diy, artistically bent, hi/lo techno mashup where street meets geek."
I have no clue what diy means (do it yourself? Can anyone in my cultured blog audience enlighten me?) but I liked what I saw...
The seesters do SubZERO. (Eva, Basia, Donna, and cousin-sister Sierra)