|Sunset from Clingman's Dome|
Then comes the border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In an instant the crush of tourist-trap nirvana is replaced by endless woods and hills.
|My GPS watch says it was 280m up the hill|
I got directions to the highest point around, and went for a hike. Clingman's Dome is a peak on the ridge separating Tennessee from North Carolina. It really did seem endless driving out of the mountains. It was a couple hours just to get clear of the park, and then I drove for several hours through the mountains as night fell. Then it started to rain, so I abandoned drive for a nearby hotel.
Let These Be Guidestones To An Age Of Reason
So is translated the hieroglyphs at the top of the monument. As with other great stone monuments worldwide, the designers of the guidestones are unknown. Operating under a pseudonym, a man arrived many years ago, acquired the small plot of land, and hired the local stone cutter to build them. It's not exactly a great mystery. Whoever put them here knows why. In a few hundred, or even several thousand years, they should still be standing, as a message to the future.
|Selfie at the Georgia Guidestones|