Sunset on a Mountaintop

Sunset starts

Yesterday was an 85 degree sunny day in Gatlinburg.  I thought it would be a good day to view the sunset from the top of the Smoky Mountains – turns out I was right.  It was breathtaking!

We drove up to Newfound Gap, not sure which direction we’d be viewing, only to discover the primary view at Newfound Gap was east.  So we decided to go to Clingman’s Dome.  This was absolutely the right decision – the views were amazing.  We didn’t even walk up to the viewing tower, we stayed in the parking lot.

Panorama prior to sun setting

There were a few groups of people in the parking lot, mostly there for the photo opportunity.  As the sun dropped lower in the sky and the photographers focused (pun intended) on their shots the chatting and sounds became less and less.  The only sounds came from the young kids and teens in the groups that weren’t using this as a photo op.  It really struck me that most of us were all taking this in and thoroughly enjoying the experience.

Sky gets darker as the sun sets

The change in sky color was just amazing!  I’ve seen many sunsets from beaches and yards and high on hills and this Mountaintop Sunset rates as one of the most beautiful I’ve seen.  To experience this from on top of a mountain and above clouds was fantastic.  And you could feel the temperature drop as the sun dropped.  The parking lot is 6200 feet in elevation, and you could sure notice the lower temperatures compared to the city of Gatlinburg.

This foray to the top of the mountain was well worth the trip.  We will do this again.  Now I will leave you with just the pictures I took as the night progressed – allowing you enjoy the view in your own silence.

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