Canadian Rockies: Yoho National Park

I’m very excited to come to you all with this new series about Canada. Specifically, the Canadian Rockies. It has been a long time coming, but it’s finally here! Starting with this post, you will see pictures of Banff, Yoho National Park, and Waterton Lakes National Park as well as some beautiful scenery from Icefields Parkway. So I would love for you to follow along with me as I reminisce about some of the wonders of Canada.

I thought I would start with an introduction to Yoho National Park. The first thing I noticed driving into Yoho was the bright, greenish-blue color of the water. This was at the beginning of my trip, so I hadn’t realized I would be seeing a lot of that strange, crystal-clear water. Even the drive through the park was spectacular. The pictures below were taken at stops along the side of the road. As you can see, there were already a lot of great photo opportunities.

Enjoy, and stay tuned for more posts coming soon about the attractions in Yoho National Park!

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The lively Cummins Falls

If you are in the area and you’re an adventurous person who doesn’t mind getting wet once in a while, visiting Cummins Falls is a great choice. This multi-tiered waterfall is located a few hours west of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. Make sure you choose your timing wisely. Especially on a hot summer day, the trail to Cummins Falls tends to be crowded with people and their dogs since it is a fairly easy hike. You won’t see any people in the pictures below (although you might spot the top of someone’s head) because I tried hard to crop everyone out to capture only the falls and scenery! A majority of the trail is through water, so wear shoes with good traction to make sure you don’t slip and fall. The falls themselves are bigger than expected and I recommend making a splash in them!

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NEXT UP: CANADA!!!! Are you ready for it?

Great Smokies: A Thousand Drips

Hey everyone! Unfortunately, this is the last post in my series about the Smoky Mountains. If you have stuck around and kept up with these posts, thank you! If you missed some of my Smokies posts and want to check them out, here are a few links for easy access:

Great Smokies: Lynn Camp Falls part 2

Great Smokies: Indian Flats Falls

Great Smokies: Hen Wallow Falls

Great Smokies: Clingman’s Dome

Coming soon are a LOT of posts about Canada. So be excited! I know I am.

Alright, so this post is about the Place of a Thousand Drips, which can be seen from the Roaring Forks Motor Trail. I highly recommend taking Roaring Forks road because it’s a great way to wind down but continue seeing sites after a long day of hiking. There are many stops that come along while driving, including short hikes and also view points like the Place of a Thousand Drips. It truly was a thousand drips; it was basically a bunch of tiny waterfalls all coming down and meeting at one point. It was nice to climb around the rocks and enjoy the cool mist and sound of rushing water. Along with these mini waterfalls, there are lots of other waterfalls and cascades to be explored on Roaring Forks road.

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Great Smokies: Clingman’s Dome

Looks like we have come to my favorite part of the Smoky Mountains: Clingman’s Dome. This hike was unlike all the others, with its high elevation (it’s the highest point in Tennessee!) and open landscape. We hiked in the cool air about half a mile up a steep and winding hill to get to an observation tower. The view from the tower was just beautiful, and it took my breath away. It was a great place to take panoramic or 360° shots because it gave a full, sweeping view of all the surroundings. The hike to Clingman’s Dome had me reminiscing my trip about a year ago to Olympic National Park. I went to a place there called Hurricane Ridge, which was incredible. I thought there were many similarities! Check out my post about Hurricane Ridge after looking at the pictures below: The majestic heights of Hurricane Ridge.  I promise you’ll love it!

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Great Smokies: Hen Wallow Falls

Next up in the Smoky Mountains are the Hen Wallow Falls! This trail was wonderful to hike because it was fairly quiet with minimal other hikers. I had fun crossing multiple bridges and seeing the constantly changing scenery. The hike was 4.5 miles roundtrip, which isn’t too bad, but the uphill parts were a little difficult at times. It was worth it, though. The falls themselves were beautiful…more on the smaller side, but beautiful nonetheless. I enjoyed climbing the rocks and getting up close to the falls to touch the cool water. It would be a great place to bring kids because they can climb all over the rocks and cool off afterward while enjoying a nice lunch. Enjoy the pictures!

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Great Smokies: flora and fauna

For this next post in my series about the Smoky Mountains, I am trying something a little different. Instead of posting my usual individual images, I made a slideshow with my pictures, so you can scroll through yourself or sit back and watch. Please give me feedback and let me know which method you like better!

Now this post is dedicated to one of my friends and her love for mushrooms (you know who you are). She has a great fascination with them and so I decided to capture some of the coolest mushrooms I saw in the Smokies. The pictures below include the beautiful flora and fauna I experienced on my trip (more like just flora, since I didn’t see any animals).

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Great Smokies: Indian Flats Falls

At last, we have come to the last part of the Middle Prong Trail. Yes, that’s right. There’s another major waterfall at the very end of the trail. The Indian Flats Falls are found in a secluded little enclave surrounded by trees. When I went, my family and I were the only hikers there for hours. We sat on some rocks between the two tiers of the waterfalls and enjoyed a yummy and well-deserved lunch while watching the water rush down. It was extremely peaceful and well worth the strenuous hike!

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Great Smokies: Lynn Camp Falls part 2

Still following along the Middle Prong Trail, there are even more things to see. The falls pictured in this post are also the Lynn Camp Falls, but are now seen from a different point of view. These roaring falls are multi-tiered and provide a great resting place for hikers where they can enjoy the view and a quick snack. You might think this is the final destination of the Middle Prong Trail, but there is still more to come. More cascades, waterfalls, and wildlife!

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Great Smokies: Lynn Camp Falls

Hey everyone! This is the first post in my short series about Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I have been to over 15 national parks and monuments in the US so far in my life, and every one is different than the next. It is amazing to see what comes with each new national park I visit. The pictures in this post are from the Middle Prong Trail, which consists of numerous waterfalls, cascades, and cataracts. It’s an 8.3 mile long roundtrip and has a lot of elevation gain, so it is one of the more difficult hikes in the park. The falls pictured are the Lower Lynn Camp Falls, which are relatively small but fast-moving and beautiful nonetheless. Stay tuned for more posts about my time in the Smokies!

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