Only eight more parks to go, including the Great Smoky Mountains and the Appalachian Trail. Today, we are leaving the moss-draped and iron flat coastal plain for the high elevations and balsam fir forests of the Appalachian Mountains. I won’t be leaving the heat behind, though. From what I can tell, Tennessee is neither significantly cooler nor dryer than it is here in Savannah at this time of year. Although, I imagine, it will be a little less humid.