while visiting family in knoxville, we decided to spend a day in the smoky mountains. one of our favorite hikes is the chimney tops trail. the last time we were here the trail was covered in ice and snow and we barely made it past the first mile. during this trip, we took our time going up, stopping along the way to admire just how green everything was.
once we reached the top, we attempted to climb a little ways up the rock but the surface was so hot from the sun that it burned to the touch. we ended up hiking down and cooling off in the river for a while. carter was truly in his happy place and i love those photos a lot.