A few photos from hiking in the Appalachian Mountains in Smoky Mountains National Park, near Cherokee, North Carolina. It was a beautiful walk through green forest, along a small creek. We wanted to swim, but the water was so cold. It felt great on the aching feet towards the end of the hike though. We made Lena walk 7 miles that day, and she started getting a little cranky. But she made it in the end, all the way back to the car.
We walked along the creek uphill to one of the rural shelters along the Appalachian Trail. Near the river we found a really strange altar arrangement made from leaves, stones, some old coins and a few drops of fresh blood. It was going to be a full moon that night.