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Old Dec 23, 2009, 9:46 AM   #1
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Yesterday the roads had been plowed sufficiently to allow us to head on over to the Smokies for a hike up to Thunderhead. Puppies could not come (dogs are not allowed on trails in GSMNP), but some family could.
We started up Anthony Creek Trail - a great way to get from Cades Cove on up into the higher country. Here's a trail sign and a few views of the creek itself.
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Lots of sticky snow at the lower elevations, making for some great wintry "decorations" on the trees and landscape.
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Despite the snow & cold, many small springs and pools were still unfrozen, and full of great reflections.
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We followed Anthony Creek Trail up to Bote Mountain Trail. Snow was deeper here, in some places over a foot deep. We were very glad others had preceded us, and broken trail a bit.
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Thanks for another great tour, Mole. Try to stay warm and have a Blessed Christmas.
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Bote Mountain Trail leads on up to the Appalachian Trail - even deeper snow, and even better views!
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Deep snow was full of tracks - here are some wild mouse tracks!
Also some amazing shadow and wind patterns...
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You can tell by the snow on the sides of the trees that things had been very windy at the top. We were glad for the shelter at Spence Field.
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And gladdest of all for the great views - both of Thunderhead Mountain, and of Nantahala across Fontana...
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We are all thawed out and cozy now, and hope you enjoyed hiking along with us. Have planned several more mt hikes this Christmas vacation, and hope to be able to share them with you.

Thanks for any suggestions and critique. Have a merry, blessed Christmas!
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