Reaching Clingmans Dome...Rock Stars

Finally around mid afternoon on Sunday, we emerge from the woods and stare up at our end goal...the observation deck at Clingmans Dome. It was a beautiful Sunday and there were lots of tourist there taking pictures of just about everything that looked interesting or odd...including us.  I guess it was a bit of a novelty to be looking at vistas like the picture above and then see two grungy looking (and filthy smelling) guys hike out of the woods to take a rest on a nearby bench. Funny, but the attention from the tourists made us feel like Rock Stars...for at least 30 seconds if not more (ha!)

Although we were tired, it was actually nice talking to strangers about the trail and explaining that we had began our hike on Friday - 32 miles away in the distance. From the top of the observation deck you could barely make out the lakes at Fontana which seemed hundreds of miles away.  It was hard to believe that was where we started our hike just two days earlier.