Took a break from IRBs and finding funding sources to hit up the Great Smoky Mountains this weekend with some NY friends. Fact: Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the most visited national park in the US. Makes sense- you have to go pretty out of your way to get to some of the other ones on the coastlines.
Tails: Peregrine Peak via Alum Cave Bluff Trails (Moderate) and Kephart Shelter via Kephart Prong Trail (Easy).
Meal upon trail completion: Pancakes.
Also checked out Gatlinburg, TN right outside the park. I felt like I was in
Las Vegas except in the mountains. Truly bizarre place.