As the rain lifted, the steam rose from the Great Smokey Mountains of North Carolina. You can see how these majestic mountains received their name. This unique region is essentially a temperate rainforest, and is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. On our off days we explored the mountain biking and climbing in the Pisgah National Forest just southeast of Asheville. Before departing North Carolina we had the opportunity to go hiking with the Fontana Hiking Club on a decommissioned section of the Appalachian Trail that the Club has resurrected. You couldn’t help but feel nostalgic while hiking on this section which was decommissioned due to the construction of the Fontana Dam in the 40's. During the hike participants had the chance to brush up on their Leave No Trace knowledge, and share their experiences and background of the region. Next we head to Pennsylvania for the Great Green America Fest, but before we go we'd like to thank our wonderful hosts.
Topher and Alexis