I've really been wanting to get outside and enjoy my furlough, but the weather has not been all that cooperative. Today, despite a forecast calling for rain, I decided to head over to the Smokies to go for a hike. I drove through some heavy rain just outside of Cosby, but by the time I made it to the trailhead at Fighting Creek Gap, it was merely overcast. Mine was the first car in the heavily used parking lot (this is also the trailhead for Laurel Falls).
The rain held off for about the first mile of my hike. With all the rain we've been getting lately, everything along the trail was very green.
It rained pretty steady for the hike back to the car. I saw two others out in the rain. I originally thought they were hikers like me, but when I got tot he parking lot I noticed a truck with University of Tennessee logos on it. I'm guessing they were students doing some type of research. While I enjoyed walking in the rain, I opted against walking another trail for the day as I had originally planned. Instead I drove home to Greeneville for lunch.