6 Inspiring Photos from the Smoky Mountains

Making It Happen: Finding passion in seasons of dispassionate work

By: Nick Spicer
January 10, 2017

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Life is busyness. Life is a grind. Often times, life is merely a string of mundane tasks that demand our attention. Regardless of the path one takes, those truths are inevitable. 

But there is always enough time to be intentional about who we want to be and how we want our lives to be lived. There is always enough power at our disposal to free us from the tyranny we feel. 

The photos below symbolize this sentiment for me. After 3 years of living in Middle Tennessee, I finally made it east for my solo camping trip in the Smokies. This is a small gesture of what I'm speaking of, but it is meaningful all the same.

Whatever it might mean for you, get out there.

Be passionate. Be selfless. Find your purpose there.

Stars at Clingman's Dome

Sunrise at Clingman's Dome

Quintessential Smokey Mountains Sunset on Mount LeConte

Sunrise on Mount LeConte

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph.