I guess I need to update my National Parks bucket list that I posted after our Mesa Verde trip. One National Park down, many to go! I’m at 16 out of 63. Oh boy…gotta get busy!
The photo above is of the Great Smoky National Park from near Clingman’s Dome. And here’s one with a little ‘smoke’:
The walk up to the top of Clingmans Dome is quite steep…here, wait just a minute and I’ll look up the stats….haha!
“The half-mile trail to the summit of Clingmans Dome is paved, but very steep. During the short hike, you will gain 332 feet, which makes the climb gradient almost 13%!” (per THIS site). On a clear day, you can see into 7 states!
The Appalachian Trail crosses Clingmans Dome, so now I can say I’ve been on a portion of that trail! (They kind of need new signage! :o)
I love thematic bucket lists! Checking off a list is strangely satisfying, right!?
Have a great day today! Do or learn something NEW!
We made a quick trip over to Colorado last weekend and visited Mesa Verde National Park. Perfect weather! Not too crowded! Nice!!! Here are a few more pics:
If you go, DEFINITELY get a guided tour. The park rangers are so knowledgeable and can answer most of your questions. The history of the area is fascinating.
Sadly, a lot of the area had burn scars because Mesa Verde is prone to lightning strikes and can receive up to 100 strikes in a 24-hour period during the summer. 70% of the park has been burned by wildfires since it was established in 1906!
One thing I love about blogging is having posts to reference anytime/anywhere. I’m going to use this post as my National Parks Bucket List and keep track of where we’ve visited and where we still need to go! So many! It will take a while to finish this big bucket list. But so fun!
How was everyone’s weekend? I previous mentioned that I was spending my 4th of July at a family reunion. It was great! Especially since I got to go somewhere NEW! We had about seventy family members camping at Panguitch Lake, so I got to spend the weekend with my siblings and niblings. I just learned that NEW word (nibling) from The Everywhereist, although it hasn’t made it to my dictionary yet :o)
Anyway…I grew up in “Color Country“….meaning we were surrounded by beautiful mountains and colorful rock formations which we visited A LOT like….