Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smokies Sliding

More rain, less fun, just mud and beautiful muddy mountains, that I slide from on my bum. I am glad I saw Smokies on their best: smoke itself, rain, mud. And blossom!

Shelters were full, also all hikers suddenly started snoring, so I decided to set my tent away from others. Someone approached my tent at 1AM and asked very softly where was a shelter. I think a few hard words in Russian, pointing him right direction though, kept him away and, probably, saved my life.

Next morning a sheriff came to us, looking for a criminal who suppose to hide there. The sheriff himself looked suspicious, hm… Too much brioline was on his hair when he took off his hat, too well done nails, too smart goggles, too soft voice, too serious eyes, no smiling. Looked like he visited a barber and a spa salon before going to his work in the woods. A maniac dressed as a sheriff. Was it his voice at night? Nor sure LOL or not LOL.

 

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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.