With the number of remaining hikes left to do dwindling, the time was right to make the jaunt up and over the AT from Cades Cove to Fontana for the second time.  It would be a much shorter trek this time around, and more refreshing, as I would head down Eagle Creek and enjoy its numerous unbridged crossings.
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Blackberry patches are opening up all across Spence Field.
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A rather clear morning standing at the base of Thunderhead.
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There are a great deal of artificats along Eagle Creek.  This is a bent piece of train rail lying in the creek.
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One of twenty stream crossings, this one third from the end where the sun glimmers in the water. Sometimes I would find the deeper places to stroll through because it felt so nice on the legs and feet.
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Looking out from the Foothills Parkway, that brown scar you see is the path of the EF-4 Tornado that struck the park back in the spring, devastating several of the western trails.  Beard Cane, Hatcher Mountain, and Rabbit Creek trails remain closed at the moment because of it.