Cherokee ancient mountain god; protector of wanderers.

CK goes out for a walk...
Adventures on the Appalachian Trail

October 13 CK crosses into Tennessee from Virginia. 

The Tennessee/North Carolina portion of the trail is 371 miles. After leaving Virginia, the Trail goes for about 70 miles through Tennessee before beginning to follow the TN-NC border. In this area, the Trail crosses through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where it reaches its highest point, Clingmans Dome, before continuing through the Nantahala Forest.


Nick Grindstaff Monument Watauga Dam
Laurel Stream Laurel Falls
Chris, Night Rain & Free Spirit
Work crew on the trail
Work crew & Bob Peoples (Hostel owner) Fall colors on mountains
The Keefer's new house Saying good-bye to Bob Peoples with Night Rain and Free Spirit
Tuna hiking on Hump Mt. grassy bald
Hump Mts grassy bald View toward Roan Mts.
View on NC boarder North Carolina border
Fog over Big Bald Free Spirit & Smokey on rocks
View down to Nolichucky River and Erwin
View from Camp Creek bald
Charlie eating banana fudge royal at the home of Train Angels Smokey and Mrs. Nelson
Thanks to the Nelsons for their hospitality! View of Hot Springs from Lovers Leap overlook
Rapids in French Broad River on walk back to Hot Springs Tuna, Night Rain, Free Spirit & Smokey
Fog over Max Patch Bald AT Hot Springs showing mileage to Springer
Top of Max Patch facing NE
Smokey enjoying the summit
Smokey, Free Spirit & Night Rain Looking south to the Smokies
MaryAnn & Charlie at Max Patch Road
Oct 26 - Max Patch Road - enters Smokey Mtn. National Park
Eastwood Vista from Old Black Mtn. in northern part of Smokey Mountain National Park
"Charlie's Bunion" overlook in the Smokies
New Found Gap - Half way point through the Smokies. Lookout tower and Clingman's Dome, the highest point on the Appalachian Trail
Picture sent by Rain Man who met CK near Walker Gap, NC
Pictures sent by Mike who met Charlie near Clingmans Dome in Smokie Mtn NP, TN
Alice and Mike Humphrey: Offered CK a picnic lunch at Clingman's Dome Shelters with Bear Fence in front
Coming down out of the mountains with at Molly's Ridge, heading towards Fontana Dam. With NightRain on Fontana Dam
After dinner with Larry & Jane Peck, friends from TN (formerly IL) From Hogback Mtn. looking North & East towards the Tennessee Valley Authority Reservoir System.
Wayah Bald State Park Tower
Last day in NC