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Layers upon layers! | 📷 @unclejut 

"Water is the most perfect traveller because when it travels it becomes the path itself!" - Mehmet Murat ildan

“I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” ISAIAH 44:22 Happy #Sunday  friends! We’ll be set up today @southsidegarageknox  by 2 - 2:30pm. Come by and say hello and get some food from @pizza_and_amore.  Our devotional post was inspired by 📸: @rebeccahelenphoto  Regardless of everyone’s plans today, we hope you’re able to #optoutside  and enjoy the #865LIFE . #lifebyHisdesign 

Waterfall chasing last autumn in Tennessee was magic that didn't last nearly long enough - so I'm really excited I'll be back again this year to capture even more of this fairytale time. Check out my stories for more images and let me know which is your favorite!⁠ 🍂⠀ ::::⁠:⁠⠀ ⁠And now let's get a little real here this Friday - most days I write in a positive way and filter my experiences through a good light, because even if they were not at the time, choosing to focus on the good sometimes transforms the bad memory into a good one in the writing process.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ But I also want to be honest, and today I'm choosing to focus on the magic of fall, because this was the first really amazing thing that I experienced when I moved out east - before that, I wasn't so happy with my new home. I didn't want to leave the PNW, and I didn't know what I would find in the year ahead.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ So many days I am homesick for the west coast. I miss the ocean, the mountains, and the evergreen trees. I miss my family, my friends, and my memories. I have come to love so many little things in Tennessee, but I still miss my PNW days. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ And that's okay.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ It's okay to feel homesick, to let yourself feel a loss. Sometimes you just have to recognize those emotions, see them, and feel them, but then you must gently place them aside. Take a step back, and truly open your eyes to what is before you now. Feel gratitude for everything you have, instead of missing what you *thought* you lost.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ There is beauty everywhere, but there is also heartbreak everywhere. It only matters which one you choose to see, which one you will take with you, which one will filter your experiences. How will YOU find the beauty in your perceived darkness?⁠ ✨

Can be found on the last stretch of the Parkway through the Blue Ridge Mountains | 📷 @sleepless704 

Gorgeous shot by the lovely @kristi_parsons  of the Smokies. Hard to beat a shot of Sunflowers, Sunsets, AND the Smokies! #greatsmokymountains  #sunflowers  #sunflowersunsets 

Maybe it's me missing the mountains, but I am in such a mountain layers mood this week. And you don't get any better layers than here - the aptly named Smoky Mountains. ⁠⠀ ::::⁠⁠⠀ If you ever find yourself out east - a likely scenario, given that the Great Smoky Mountains are the most visited park in the US (11,421,200 visits in 2018!!) - here are some of the best hikes to see these dreamy layers:⁠⠀ :⁠⠀ *CLINGMAN'S DOME*⁠⠀ For the easiest views - don't worry, the views are still phenomenal! - hike Clingman's Dome, a one-mile out and back on a paved walkway.⁠⠀ : ⁠⠀ *MOUNT LECONTE*⁠⠀ For the some of the best but most challenging views, embark on the fourteen mile out and back hike to the Mount LeConte cliff tops via the Rainbow Falls Trail.⁠⠀ :⁠⠀ *CHIMNEY TOPS*⁠⠀ For a short, steep, and sweet trail, take the four mile out and back, thousand plus foot elevation gain trail up to Chimney Tops - one of the most popular hikes in the area for sunset.⁠ The very top of the trail is currently closed (2019) due to fire damage, but there is a new lookout deck that has great views nonetheless.⁠⠀ :⁠⠀ *MOUNT CAMMERER*⁠⠀ For an overnight trek, take the twelve mile out and back Low Gap Trail to Mount Cammerer, where you will be greeted by a fire lookout tower. Head back down for a longer day or take in sunset and then camp at backcountry site 35.⁠⠀ :⁠⠀ Save this mini hiking guide for when you visit this beautiful park! Have you been to the Smokies?⁠⠀

Always remain strong enough to handle all your challenges, wise enough to find solutions to your difficult situations | 📷 @focusonwill 

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Great smoky mountains day 6 - splash country #greatsmokymountains  #splashcountry  #dollywoodsplashcountry 

Great smoky mountains day 5 - Dollywood, longhorns and hot tub night #greatsmokymountains  #dollywood 

This night was the happiest. After dinner, my mother and I saw fireworks from a height. I’m glad that I made wonderful summer memories with my mother!! I’ll never forget this vacation because I felt both happy and lonely🥰🥺 I’m already looking forward to seeing my family....I’ll do my best until next time with my family. And you know, I have eaten very delicious food these days...#greatsmokymountains  #american  #dinner 

Happy Birthday @nationalparkservice  . . . . I've been so lucky to visit many of the parks and can't wait to continue exploring more until I see them all. These are some of my favorite photos from the ones I've visited. #nationalparks  #nationalparkservice  #nps19  #nps  #gofindyourpark  #yosemite  @yosemitenps  #greatsmokymountains  @greatsmokynps  #yellowstone  @yellowstonenps  #grandtetons  @grandtetonnps  #sequoianationalpark  @sequoiakingsnps  #kingscanyonnationalpark  #stateparks  #historialsites  #nationalseashore 

They don't call em smoky for nothing #greatsmokymountains 

“Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” 🌲🏞

TLC would be pretty disappointed.. however, the view certainly did not let down 🤪 . . . . #chasingwaterfalls  #greatsmokymountains  #grotto  #grottofalls  #tenessee  #loverboy  #wanderer  #besitos  #adventure  #adventuretime  #aroundtheworld  #hike  #travel 

Happy Birthday, National Park Service 🎉💙 #findyourpark  #NPSbirthday  #greatsmokymountains 

Happy 103rd birthday to our national park service. Giving me some of my favorite places on earth 🌊🌲⛰💚🌎 |sleeping bear dunes, MI• great smoky mountains, TN• acadia, ME• yellowstone, WY| #nationalparks  #sleepingbeardunes  #greatsmokymountains  #acadia  #yellowstone  #bison 

This weekend was a blast at @greatsmokymtnjeepinvasion  ! Met some amazing people, saw lots of wicked cool #jeeps  ✌🏻 I can't wait for next year! 😁 Sorry @charlotte_16jeepprt  we didn't get a pic together 🙁 . . #gsmji  #smji  #smokymountainjeepinvasion  #gatlinburg  #jeepinvasion  #2019  #greatsmokymountains  #pigeonforge  #tennessee  #jeepgirls  #jeepsandjeeps  #liftedjeeps  #jeepfriends  #jeepfam  #jeepgirlsdoitbetter  #justjeepgirls  #womenwheelers  #jeephers_ig  #jeep  #jeeplife  #itsajeepthing  #4x4life  #livingitup  . Page Partner: @4x4_merica  ••••••••••••••••••••• Go follow my FAVORITE pages @we_lift_you  @a_matter_of_style_offroad  @a_matter_of_style_offroad_hers  @flexassault  @jeeep_obsession  @jeephers_ig  @sheoffroads.com  @canyon.state.jeeps  @sojeepgirl  @mall_rated_4x4 

Oh, the pioneers used to ride these babies for miles! :’) . //Stay Here - Gaho// . . . . #rgv  #rgvphotographer  #rgvlife  #portraitphotography  #photography  #photographer  #photoshoot  #moodboard  #aesthetic  #cooltone  #portrait  #hairstyles  #rgvblogger  #gaho  #tennessee  #hike  #winterbear  #bear  #greatsmokymountains 

#sideshotsunday  I had a great time at the @greatsmokymtnjeepinvasion  even if the weather was a little yucky. Can’t wait for next year!

Apparently it’s The US National Park System’s bday today? Happy birthday to some of my fav places on earth 😍 This past calendar year, we’ve been fortunate to hit the Grand Canyon (AZ), Crater Lake NP (OR), Haleakala NP (HI), Yosemite (CA), the Great Smoky Mountains NP (TN/NC), Kenai Fjords NP (AK), and Denali NP (AK). Every single one of these places was absolutely breathtaking 😍 Way to go, America. You’re hella beautiful.

Born to live near waterfalls. >>----------> Today, I hiked Middle Prong Trail with my fam (@bakery_babe_  & @jgrussell78 ) and it was delightful. This trail (less than an hour from our house!) meanders alongside a river studded with the most picturesque rapids and mini falls. We planned to hike all the way to Indian Flats Falls -- about 4 miles one way -- but a downpour derailed our plans, and we turned around about 2 miles in. >>----------> Still, I'm grateful the rain held off long enough for us to witness those 2 miles of pure Tennessee beauty. I'm also thankful for the poncho I bought at Walmart yesterday, and stuffed into my backpack, just in case. Best $0.98 I've spent in a while! >>----------> When's the last time you witnessed a waterfall? . . . 📸: bakery_babe_

"There is nothing so American as our national parks.... The fundamental idea behind the parks...is that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us." -President Franklin D. Roosevelt . . . #nationalparkserviceanniversary  #nationalparkservice  #nationalparks  #mountrainier  #hawaiivolcanoes  #greatsmokymountains  #mammothcave  #everglades  #greatoutdoors  #saveourearth  #welovenature  . 📷: @lizgoodmanphotography  @photolabmichael 

On the mountains I will bow my life to the one who set me there. In the valley I will lift my eyes to the one who sees me there. • #smokymountains  #smokys  #greatsmokymountains  #greatsmokymountainsnationalpark  #mountains  #grain  #fade  #vintage  #film  #nikon  #photography  #getoutthere  #goforahike  #vsco  #vscocam  #lightroom  #northcarolina  #cherokee  #nationalpark  #explore 

Can you feel the warmth of the fire against the cool and crisp fall night? Can you hear the crackling of the logs as they spit little sparks in the air? Can you feel relaxation moving through your body, allowing you to breathe deeply and feel at ease? Rejuve brings you all that and more! Be a part of it this November. #experienceyourhappyplace  #greatsmokymountains 

After 11 miles (18km) of hiking I reached the elevation of 6593 ft #hiking  #mountleconte  #greatsmokymountains  Tennessee 🇺🇸

Smiling and remembering the beauty of Chimney Tops #Tennessee  Just seeing this brings me peace and calm 😍👏🏻😇 #greatsmokymountains  #chimneytops  #mountain  #water  #stream  #gsm  #heaven  #godsgift  #togodtheglory  #takemeback  #naturelover  #hike  #hiked  #outdoors  #wander  #wanderlust 

I spent the day in the Smokies with some of the incoming class of 2023, and I will tell you this: the future is bright. PS Happy 103rd birthday to our outstanding National Park Service. @greatsmokynps  @nationalparkservice  @cnepc  @carson_newman_u  #greatsmokymountains 

Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you're doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.

Don’t let the masks of narcissists fool you. Their words may not be complete lies but they aren’t the truth either. No one has the right at any point in time to belittle you. No one has the right to make you feel unworthy and no one has the right to make you feel unloved. Stop letting people treat you like you are less because you stopped feeding their ego. You are not to blame for their problems or their anger. Everything is a choice and at one point or another they chose to treat you that way. You are valuable - you are beautiful- you are worhy of everything good this universe has to offer- own it. #lifeafternarcissisticabuse  #findingmyself  #overcomingobstacles  #iamworthy  #ideserverespect  #itgetsbetter  #shinebright  #greatsmokymountains  #tennessee  #itsallupfromhere  #ilovemyself  #breakthrough  #egodeath  #narcissisticabuse 

My home away from home ⛰

Happy birthday to the National parks!!! They have brought @rsfisher10  and I to SO many places and so many fun adventures! Can’t wait to go out west and check a bunch more off the list! #nationalparks  #NPS  #nationalparkgeek  #greatsmokymountains  #nationalparkservice  #adventuretime  #adventure  #camping 

Open to close, we loved every single second of our day at @dollywood ! #dollywood  #pigeonforge  #greatsmokymountains  #familyvacation  #bigfamilylife 

So happy to show this guy more of my home and roots. #Appalachia  #greatsmokymountains  #queerappalachia  #latergram 

We found a beautiful 🐻 in Cades Cove! I’m in love with him! 🐻⛰#bearsincadescove  #bearwatching  #cadescovephotography  #greatsmokymountains 

best for last 🧡🤙🏽 #GreatSmokyMountains 

Enjoy your beautiful and amazing breath. Feel yourself one with this wonderful, breathing, alive planet! #breathe  #justbreathe  #onewithall  #onewithearth  #onewithgaia  #tennessee  #greatsmokymountains  #stpete  #stpetefl  #dtsp  #33701  #healingbreath  #breathwork  #selfhealing 

I guess that's why they're called "Smokies" #greatsmokymountains  #tennessee  #generationscrewed 

My copilot on the maintenance buggy seems mighty happy to tag along. 😁 #gatlinburg  #greatsmokymountains  #lovewhereyoulive  #keepsmiling 

And the rains visit again. Watch for the rainbows and enjoy refreshed mountain air. 😁 #nofilterneeded  #gatlinburg  #greatsmokymountains  #lovewhereyoulive 

I’ve always thought storms were so fascinating to watch. Even small ones like this one can do such cool things to the sky....with the added benefit of just barely getting rained on while taking some pictures. Anybody else think being a storm chaser would be a pretty awesome job....or is that just me?

My Audrey as we hiked up Alum Trail. She suffered but she pushed through and made it! So proud of both my girls 💪 #thatsmygirlmakingmesmile  #ngai2019  #summerroadtrip2019  #summervacay2019  #greatsmokymountains  #alumtrail 

First morning of our Smokies photo adventure. “Tipton Cantilever Barn”, 2019.08.19 #CadesCove  #SmokyMountains  #GSMNP  #GreatSmokyMountains  #NationalPark  #Townsend  #TN  #Tennessee  #Cantilever  #Barn  #Tipton  #Morning  #Fog  #Mist  #vividHDR  #Snapseed  #Priime  #iPhone7Plus 

First morning of our Smokies photo adventure. “Dan Lawson Place”, 2019.08.19 #CadesCove  #SmokyMountains  #GSMNP  #GreatSmokyMountains  #NationalPark  #Cabin  #Townsend  #TN  #Tennessee  #Morning  #Fog  #Mist  #BW  #BlackAndWhite  #vividHDR  #Snapseed  #Priime  #iPhone7Plus 

First morning of our Smokies photo adventure. “Dan Lawson Place”, 2019.08.19 #CadesCove  #SmokyMountains  #GSMNP  #GreatSmokyMountains  #NationalPark  #Cabin  #Townsend  #TN  #Tennessee  #Morning  #Fog  #Mist  #vividHDR  #Snapseed  #Priime  #iPhone7Plus 

Our first time to the Smokies did not disappoint lots of moonshine, sunset chasing, bug bites, & creekside camping 🌲 . . . . . . . #theoutbound  #earthoutdoors  #stayandwander  #discoverearth  #sonyalpha  #exploremore  #outdooradventures  #roamtheplanet  #letsgosomewhere  #outdoorlife  #goexplore  #happyadventuring  #takeahike  #traveladdict  #visualsofearth  #tennessee  #whyihike  #livetoexplore  #adventureseeker  #greatsmokymountains  #smokies 

“conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and… leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” (National Park Service Organic Act, 1916) . Happy Birthday to my favorite thing about the States: our national parks♥️ . And here’s to the stewards of the parks – park rangers, junior rangers, scientists, respectful visitors – who are inspired every day by the simple splendor of the natural world and fight to protect it. . . . #happybirthday  #nationalpark  #nationalparkservice  #nps  #103years  #americasbestidea  #greatsmokymountains  #conservation  #wilderness  #protectthewild  #woodrowwilson  #history  #protecttheearth  #nature  #naturelovers  #naturephotography  #sunset  #sunset_ig  #sunset_universe  #sunsetview  #beautifulsunset  #natural  #mountains  #hiking  #backpacking  #leavenotrace  #respect  #respecttheearth  #respecttheplanet  #lovenature 

When was the last time you experienced a Smoky Mountain sunset? #sunset  #smokymountains  #gsmnp  #findyourpark  #gatlinburg  #gatlinburgtn  #greatsmokymountains 

CQSM 2019 ☀️🏕. . . . . . . . . #summer  #july  #camp  #cqsm  #tennessee  #greatsmokymountains  #2019 

Beautiful sunrise over the mountains ⛰☀️ 🌄 #happysunday  #timewithfamily  #sunrise  #smokymountains  #heavenly  #greatsmokymountains  #clouds  #fog  #goodmorning 

Working process... Photo was taken just by phone, so looks much more contrasting then in reality. Работа в процессе. Фото просто с телефона и поэтому выглядит гораздо более резко чем в реальности. #irynalyalko  #pastels  #softpastels  #softpastelsdrawing  #pastelmat  #berry  #blackberry  #sennelierthebest  #green  #tasty  #cuteanimals  #knoxville  #knoxvilleart  #artist  #cute  #cuteanimals  #art  #newyork  #atlanta  #california  #washingtondcart  #сухаяпастель  #рисунок  #искусство  #арт  #творчество  #иллюстрация  #животные  #ежевика  #little  #greatsmokymountains