Chimney Tops

“The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.” – St. Jerome

I am not a big fan of crowds. I never really have been. I was like this before the pandemic started. I typically do all of my shopping either online or when it isn’t busy. I rarely go shopping on the weekends unless I really need something. I have always been a person that likes having my personal space. I feel like I need the room to move and to have space. I think this is because I was an only child growing up. I always had my own space, and I prefer it that.

The reason why I am thinking of crowds is because recently I visited the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. While the photos I took might show a place that looks pretty desolate, it was actually really crowded. The roads are jam packed full of cars and many of the parking lots are full. When we were driving to Gatlinburg to stay for the week, we had to detour through the National Park. It was a beautiful drive, but I had the restroom. It was so crowded at the different visitors centers that I couldn’t find a place to park to be able to use the restroom. While crowds are not my favorite thing to be around, I understand why this place was so crowded. It is a beautiful park. Maybe one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. If you are at this part of the country, you have to the visit the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

These images I took are of an area I visited called the Chimney Tops. They call it that because this mountain peak looks like to chimneys coming out of a house. On the right day when the fog is heavy, it gives an appearance of an active chimney. The view here was pretty awesome considering the leaves were off the trees.


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