Monday, October 7, 2013

I climbed a mountain...honest, I did..........

Well I climbed the last 1/2 mile and I have photos to prove it!!  On the last day of our trip in Tennessee we decided to drive up to Clingman's Dome.  The weather wasn't that great but it was okay.

Now thankfully there are six benches on the climb to the top.  How do I know this; well I had to stop and sit on five of them to catch my breath.  My excuse is that the air is very thin up there and I couldn't breathe.  That sounds good doesn't it?

This is looking at the observation tower at the top.
You couldn't see a thing for the mist and it was quite cold.  Here dh is looking at one of the information boards.
Even made dh take a photo of me to prove I was there.  Even I had a jacket on as it was bloody cold.
This is looking from the top of the walkway down the path, very, very misty.


Another view from the top.  It was such a shame as the view no doubt on a clear day would have been spectacular.
 There was a lot of moss and lichen on the plants/trees.

 One of the information boards: 
 Another information board:
 Another information board:
 Another information board:
  I would have loved to walk on the Appalachian Trail, but as I nearly "died" climbing up the bloody mountain, we decided it wasn't a good thing me doing any further mountain climbing in my crocs!! 
 We did get the odd glimpse of blue sky, but when we talked to the park ranger, she said that the mist could move off in ten minutes or it could last all day.
 Another info board at the start of the walkway. 
I am so glad we did this, but it did prove a couple of things, I am very unfit and hiking is not my thing!!!

5 comments:

stitcheranon said...

Well done! Somedays always feel like I am climbing a mountain...yours is much nicer lol

Buttons said...

Oh Gill good job I am impressed and I so would have hiked that with you:) It was so worth the effort go on admit it:)Beautiful Hug B

Jane and Chris said...

Did you at least stand on the Appalachian trail just to say you had?
Jane x

Debby said...

In all the years we have traveled to the mountains I have never even thought about Mt climbing!! You are a brave lady of lacking in enough coffee. Just kidding way to go

EG CameraGirl said...

I used to hike in the Appalachians of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont but there is no way I would want to do it now! I'm impressed. ;)