1. Derek and I first found campsite 18 when we visited the park during a holiday weekend. I always forget to take holidays into account when we go on trips so when we couldn’t stand feeling like sardines at the campground anymore, we headed into Gatlinburg to get some needed items for backpacking. One of the rangers suggested this site because it was near water. We never expected for it to be such a magical camping spot.

    The hike winds through gulleys and steep hills of rhododendron until you descend to an open area among tall trees and next to a river with moss covered rocks and crystal clear water.

    The Smokies are a treasure and this place is a gem. 

    -June 2012 


  2. "Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white."
    — Mark Jenkins 

    (Source: nerdheadartistheart)


  3. "In the woods, is perpetual youth."
    — Ralph Waldo Emerson

  4. Patagonia Clothing: Our new Common Threads Initiative is a partnership between us and our customers to keep our clothing out of the landfill. It’s guided by four R’s: reduce, repair, reuse, recycle.


  5. "All good things are wild and free."
    — Henry David Thoreau 

    (Source: mpalaskonis, via fuckyeahthoreau)