Great Smoky Mountains

Last Saturday, my roommate and I set off on a fun adventure in an attempt to cross an item off of my bucket list: visiting the Great Smoky Mountains in the fall.  You know, when all of the leaves have changed to vibrant hues of orange, yellow, and red, but have not yet fallen from their branches?  That was what I was dying to see in real life.  And they did not disappoint.

We woke up early on Saturday morning, hit up our second favorite coffee shop (our first one wasn't open yet), and made the 4 hour journey toward the Clingman's Dome Observation Tower, the highest point you can get to in the Smokies, sitting pretty at 6,643 ft.  It also serves as the highest point in all of Tennessee.

Seeing as it was a gorgeous Saturday and there were a lot of people who had a similar idea, we ultimately had to park about a mile down the mountain.  Our hike ended being a 3 mile journey up steep hills with changing climates (seriously, it was REAL cold at the top), but it was completely worth it to be surrounded by some amazing views.  I'll let the pictures do the talking...

This trip was the first time in a long time that I actually pulled out my "real" camera, instead of just using my iPhone, and I am pretty sure that I fell in love all over again with photography.  In college I shot a few senior portrait sessions, engagements, and weddings, and while I don't think I will be dabbling in any of that anytime soon, it was refreshing to get out and shoot just for fun.

I grew up visiting and camping in the California mountains regularly throughout the year, so this trip greatly reignited one of my first great loves: being in the mountains.  Talk about something being majestic, dangerous, stunning, full of unknown, and so incredibly breathtaking (literally and figuratively) all at the same time.  Y'all can take the beach, and the city.  Given the choice, you will find me in the mountains every time.

If you ever get the chance to

visit the Great Smoky Mountains

, don't even think about it.  DO it.  Also, I have to give a  huge shout out to the cutest roomie in the world.  She's a gem and I am grateful for her willingness to make spontaneous trips with me.  After this adventure we have even started a list of places to visit in this season of living together, including New Orleans, LA, Brooklyn + NYC, Charleston, SC, and Savannah, GA, just to name a few.  If you have any other suggestions for fun places to travel to, don't hesitate to holla at ya girl!