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There and Back Again #2

Well I am home from the Appalachians and it was a really delightful trip. John took some pictures of course. For driving into the remnants of Hurricane Lee we really had OK weather. It rained pretty much nonstop for the first couple of days. We had a break in the rain and hiked the dogs at Locust Cliffs in the Hoosier National Forest on the way down. We considered camping there as we knew we would be driving into more rain but didn’t want to have to deal with wet gear so early in the trip. We stopped and slept in the truck for a bit in a truck stop in KY and drove on into the Great Smokey National Park Labor Day Morning. We got a room for a couple nights at Motel 6 in Sieverville and needing to kill some time before checking in we drove into the park. We had a nice hike at Laurel Falls and then headed back to the room figuring the traffic jam out of the park would have cleared up. It hadn’t and it was a long drive through the hell of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sieverville.  A collection of schlock and tasteless hillbilly nonsense like Branson on steroids. We had the pleasure of that drive several times as we commuted into the park to another really incredible hike and doing a driving trail where we saw a black bear mommy and cub chilling out and feeding in a gum tree. Driving out we hit the Appalachian Trail near Clingman’s Dome so I could add mile 157 for my AT total. After that the rain went intermittent and we moved down and did some camping in the Nantahala National Forest. Hiked in some old growth Poplar/Hemlock, hiked some and hiked some of the AT near Siler Bald that Amee and I had done. It was poignant being back especially being September 7, the 11th anniversary of Mom’s death and that stretch of the AT was where I had come to terms that Mom was going to die. I’ll probably write more about that and some other stuff but I wanted to put up some pictures and give the bare bones narration. We moved to a nicer site where we could have fire over on Bear Pen Mountain and did a couple of waterfall hikes, one named Laurel Falls actually. A couple days there and we drove back over the mountains and caught another nights camping in the Pisgah National Forest. No where near as nice and no hiking at camp but its just great to live outside. After a week of it it just becomes life. Then we drove back enjoying the beautiful scenery of Highway 40 and reminiscing of our childhood trips through the region. Caught a room in Padukah KY and drove home this afternoon. Pleasantly surprised at the yard which is the thing I missed the most. Weeded the strawberries some and enjoyed the wildflowers blooming in the front yard. Not as much as the Nantahala but more than than the Pisquah. I’ll post more on the trip soon.

Categories: gardening, travel
  1. brendakelly
    September 15, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I so enjoy mikes writings. I always feel like I have taken the trip with him. But how did Fido like it??????

  2. September 15, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Fido loved it, i don’t think there’s anything more that he likes then running around free in the woods. He’s pretty independent so ran off by himself more then i felt comfortable but he always comes when i call him, although if he’s treed a squirrel he may take a while. he’s getting better about riding in vehicles though i can’t he enjoys it. he also was weirded out by the tent the first couple of nights but got where he would run right in. it was cold enough to get him to snuggle and he kept getting into burrs but i gave him a haircut before we left so it wasn’t too bad. glad you liked the post i have more to share and will probably write more about the trip.

  1. September 15, 2011 at 12:18 pm

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