I'm in Tennessee this weekend for my cousin's wedding and came down a little early so I'd have time to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a little ridge-running and hiking. The park, which straddles the Tennessee / North Carolina border, preserves an amazing slice of the Appalachian highlands, and even with the clouds rolling through, the classic Smokies views were in full effect. Best part: as in most national parks, 95% of visitors seem not to get out of their cars, which means the trails--including over 90 miles of the Appalachian Trail that passes through the park--are blissfully empty. View above is looking southeast into North Carolina from near Clingman's dome, at an elevation of about 6,600 feet. Below, the open meadow at Andrew's Bald. Check out my flickr set for more photos, and check back here for a longer writeup to come.