A dreaded hike to say the least, but one that needed to be done...a 37 mile march in the 90+ degree heat of summer at the lowest elevations along Lakeshore.  Fontana to "The Tunnel" with stops at every creek crossing and swimming hole in order to cool off.
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One of many car's left to nature within the first few miles east of Fontana Dam, some beside the old road, others smashed into trees, some on their backs in the valley below.
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The early morning light beginning to shine down on the mouth of Eagle Creek.
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The emerald waters where Hazel Creek empties into Fontana Lake.
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Shades of blue from sea to sky as seen from the Ollie Cove trailhead at water's edge.

The rest of the day was spent not taking pictures but rather surviving the brutal heat of the day and finding reprieve the few times the trail crossed creeks or skirted the shoreline.
 
Call me crazy...a 31 mile body buster from Cades Cove to Bone Valley to Fontana.
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A few serviceberry trees were still in bloom despite the morning frost.
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Views to the southwest toward Shuckstack and Fontana were pristine.
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A break in trees affords a view up at Blockhouse Mountain.
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At one point the trail passed through a tiny forest of painted trillium...most impressive.
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A grassy and blackberry adorned Haw Gap.
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Peering across the porch of the Calhoun Place near the old Proctor settlement.
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Glasslike waters of Eagle Creek before it empties its waters into Lake Fontana.