Smoky Mountains Hike to Charlie’s Bunion | Take Two!

Hark, a post!

The last couple of weeks have been full of things that have kept me away from the blog, mainly getting our carpet replaced, followed by me getting sick! Our house is all put back together again so I’m getting myself caught up on some backlogged photos I need to share with all of you!

Several weeks ago we returned to one of our favorite Smoky Mountain hiking trails, Charlie’s Bunion.  The first time we completed this hike was back in 2011, so if you’re new here, hop on over to that post for more information and photos about the trail!

Now for the pictures!

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smoky-mountain-hiking-trails-charlies-bunion-03 The weather was supposed to be sunny and warm, but when we got to the trail head, we were met with a thick, foggy layer of clouds.

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smoky-mountain-hiking-trails-charlies-bunion-06 We were getting a little nervous as we continued, since the best part about this hike is the beautiful view at the end! At this point, we weren’t sure we’d be able to see anything at all!

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smoky-mountain-hiking-trails-charlies-bunion-08 The common wood sorrel was found all over this trail.

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smoky-mountain-hiking-trails-charlies-bunion-12 A common flower found in the Smokies this time of year – the large-flowered trillium!

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smoky-mountain-hiking-trails-charlies-bunion-15 A peek at Icewater Springs Shelter, still covered in thick clouds!

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smoky-mountain-hiking-trails-charlies-bunion-18 As we climbed higher, the clouds finally started to burn away and we got some gorgeous scenery!

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smoky-mountain-hiking-trails-charlies-bunion-21 Yay sunshine!!

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smoky-mountain-hiking-trails-charlies-bunion-24  So close to the end!

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smoky-mountain-hiking-trails-charlies-bunion-27 Finally! Just a quick little trek down this last section of trail, and you’re there!

smoky-mountain-hiking-trails-charlies-bunion-28 Ugh, pardon the HumidityHair.

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smoky-mountain-hiking-trails-charlies-bunion-31 We were starving at this point, so we didn’t waste any time choosing a pretty place to sit and grab some chow.

smoky-mountain-hiking-trails-charlies-bunion-32 Not a bad place for a picnic!

 

smoky-mountain-hiking-trails-charlies-bunion-33 Our usual trail lunches… every time. Peanut butter and banana for Matt, peanut butter and marshmallow for me!

smoky-mountain-hiking-trails-charlies-bunion-34 I added a LUNA bar to my trail lunch this time. This was my first time giving the Caramel Nut Brownie flavor a try, and it’s probably one of my favorites!

smoky-mountain-hiking-trails-charlies-bunion-35 I’m a big fan of LUNA bars. They have lots of extra vitamins and minerals for the womenfolk and at only 180 calories per bar, they fit right into my daily counts.

smoky-mountain-hiking-trails-charlies-bunion-36  The bunion itself.

smoky-mountain-hiking-trails-charlies-bunion-37  Tis a long way down there!

smoky-mountain-hiking-trails-charlies-bunion-38 My handsome husband.

smoky-mountain-hiking-trails-charlies-bunion-39 Handsome husband x2

smoky-mountain-hiking-trails-charlies-bunion-40  I love living near the Smokies!

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Comments

  1. Love that hike! Such a beautiful day – great pictures. 

  2. Heh. Those last pictures are your official “hike conquered” shots. 

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