Clingmon’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

June 22, 2009 at 2:47 pm 2 comments

The Great Smoky Mountain National Park boasts many beautiful summits that represent virgin territory for cheeseburger summiteers. This region of the Appalacian mountains is a temperate rain forest with many of the summits receiving more than 8′ of rain each year. We were so fortunate to observe a small part of this. It’s only a half mile walk from the parking area where we made our 330′ ascent to the summit. I’ve been here a number of times and it seems that each visit is different. Some days you can see for miles, while others you can’t see 100′. As we left the car, I feared today would be like the later. With thus summit being the highest in the park at 6643′ hoped for the former. As we walked up the path, we couldn’t see the people we were hearing about 50′ away. When we got to our destination, it appeared our only rewards would be our cheeseburgers and pride in our accomplishment. As you may see from the pics of us eating, there’s not much of a view behind us. (You should be able to see Mt LeConte in the background, looking to the summit my wife and I plan to attack tomorrow.). As luck would have it some of the storm blew off shortly after we finished our burgers, leaving behind the “smoke” covered peaks and valleys shown in the final photo. Watching the storm sweep out and then watching the next roll in was absolutely awesome.

The kids want me to make sure I properly claim credit for being the first people to summit a cheeseburger in North Carolina AND the GSMNP. My wife and I allowed them the first bite to own this credit to themselves for all of time to come.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. wimpy  |  June 22, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Wow,

    That is some weather. You are hardy Summitteers!

    Cheers,

    Wimpy

    Reply
  • 2. sirloinofbeef  |  June 23, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Hey, great – a North Carolina first!

    sirloinofbeef

    Reply

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