Smokies not up to par

We spent the weekend in Smoky Mountain National Park.  I've been there earlier -- about 10 years ago when we stopped here enroute from Ohio to Florida. That was in winter and the park seemed gorgeous.

Somehow, the park didn't impress this time. Maybe it's just that it's summer after a season of patchy rainfall. But, it may be that I've seen more of the country now. Since that winter visit to the Smokies, I've been to Big Bend and Yellowstone (my top two). I also think the Ouachita mountains and forest in Oklahoma and Arkansas are as beautiful, and not as crowded. There's even a scenic drive that cuts across it.  In other words, maybe my standards are higher.

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