"Ghost" in Smoky Mountains National Park

Ghost in Smokies

Rain, twilights, muddy woods, Smokies. A lonely silhouette, moving slowly the same directions as me, no raincoat, no backpack. Just white angels wings on the back of his black hoody. Who it could be? Ghost, who else.

I stopped to wait when the ghost disappeared and to think how to deal with it. Suddenly ghost turned around and started walking towards me. Too late to hide! He noticed me. No, I did not run away, it’s a bad idea in most occasions. Good idea is to say “hello” but be ready to run/jump any second.

A few minutes later I sat in the vehicle with ghost’s wife and their seven kids, driving to Gatlinburg, that was 50 miles away from the trail. It was a parking lot close to the trail. I’m so glad I saw Gatlinburg.

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Lena Faber used to work as a journalist at a mainstream Russian newspaper, she wrote books for a major publishing house, and directed her original concept on Drive TV in Russia. In 2009, she moved to South Africa and taught at the University of SA, where she took up running competitively and won a silver medal at the World Masters Athletic Championship. She has also won an international photo contest and had a photo exhibition of her work. In 2014 she decided to try fast long-distance hiking and started with the Appalachian Trail where she earned a trail name "Brave" from other hikers. She has also cycled US Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles, as well as other parts of the world. Still hiking and cycling somewhere.