Clingmans Dome "Spring" Sunset
We suffer from a bit of insanity, there we said it... the first step is admitting it, right? That evening, at the spur of the moment we decided that we should race up to Clingmans Dome for the sunset. It was a breezy and comfortable 58° in Gatlinburg, so prepared with our knowledge from previous experiences we knew there could be vastly different weather conditions up top. We grabbed a couple of mid-weight jackets and headed out feeling quite adequately prepared. Upon arriving at the top the setting sun was breathtaking, as was the weather. The temperature had plummeted to the high twenties with wind gusts near 50 mph making standing and keeping the tripod upright a challenge. With no hats, gloves, and the wind chill nearing single digits, we attempted to keep our shivering at bay and take steady shots yet were presented with another problem - we were losing the feeling in our fingers making manipulating the camera harder than ever. Once we felt that we might have a few usable shots we retreated to the shelter of our SUV and with the heat cranked began to slowly defrost as we made the trip back down the mountain, smiling and laughing at yet another memorable experience. And that, our friends, is why we love springtime in the Great Smoky Mountains!