Exploring the Backyard
I’ve mentioned in the past that it’s a shame I don’t explore more of my home country. It’s a feeling of safety that’s keeping me booking overseas trips rather than venturing into my backyard, which will “always be there”.
After perusing an Ansel Adams book featuring some of his greatest works for the US’s national parks, it inspired me to visit a national park! I guess his photos have the exact effect conservationists wanted – nice job!
The, allegedly, most visited national park turned out to be a short 2-hour flight from NYC – the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee. I’d never even heard of them but the Google reviews don’t lie! I convinced my husband to make the trek with me after calculating the most opportune time to see the leaves changing. That year, it turned out to be the last week of October. We ended up booking flights and an adorable log cabin on Airbnb that would end up being our saving grace (it rained torrentially for 95% of our trip).
Thankfully, we got off the plane and drove straight for the national park, knowing it might very well be our last chance to enjoy a hike without the rain gear that we didn’t bring, much less owned.
I’m so happy with how the photos turned out. The colors were truly spectacular and I feel like we caught them at just the right time. Anyone who has the pleasure of experiencing the slow, graceful change in seasons shouldn’t take it for granted. NYC goes from green to nonexistent in a matter of days, with barely a tonal change from brown to speak of.