Deck chairs and coffee break

Never too busy to sit down for a moment or two. Or three. The summer season is just beginning. The nights here in Gatlinburg still have  a snap to them, the cool air comes rolling down the Smoky Mountains. Mist in the mornings, windows and doors opened wide to capture some freshness for the day. These quiet moments are precious.

Here are a couple of hiking recommendations for the day.  Both trails will take you on a short hike to a destination with some Smoky Mountains history. First, starting from Elkmont, take the Jakes Creek Trail up to artist Mayna Avent’s Cabin.  Or a similar one-mile walk from the Metcalf Bottoms area will take you to the Walker Sisters homestead.  Either of these hikes will be a wonderful and relaxing way to spend a half-day.

When your hike is done, please consider a visit to see the complete display of Smoky Mountain Photography at the William Britten Gallery in Gatlinburg, TN. I’m on Glades Rd along the historic Arts and Crafts Trail.

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