Why yes, I did mean that literally. And yes, I am wearing socks with my sandals. It’s what all the cool kids do, trust me.
I hugged this tree on the Ramsey Cascades trail. Logging companies stripped most of the original trees from the area that became Smoky Mountains National Park. This old growth tree, and a few others, stand as a reminder.
Turns out, I was in good company with the tree hugging thing.