Saturday, May 11, 2013
Lucky for us we manage to get a different site with 2 nights when we arrive instead of our reservation.
The State Park is at one end of the island and is really nice.
We also drove into Apalachicola a bigger nearby town. It was much bigger than St George's Island but still pretty quiet as the summer is Florida's off season.
They are kind of cute.
The is a waterfront tourist area with a few bars and places to eat but we just walk around town and check it out without any fanfare. Golf Carts are the primary means of transport around town which is kind of odd and we see several probably drunk yahoo's cruising around town.
Finally some warm sunny weather.. this was the whole point of heading south for the spring.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
In Georgia we stayed at a C.O.E. Park which is a campground built by the Army Core of Engineers. Their parks tend to be really nice and spacious and often on lakes like this one. There was another airstream in the park with us.
However the rain continues to dog us and the lake rises in what is now an all too familiar maner.
We spend a day shopping and such and eventually spend the evening at a friend of mine from High School. It is good to see Tom and his family whom we haven't seen in I think 8 years or so.
Tomorrow we are heading farther south but probably just for a Walmart overnight someplace in GA as FL is too far away.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Here a sign shows how much of the trail is left till it end in Maine.
Today's hike is only about 8 miles round-trip.
It was a very cloudy day and almost a bit chilly.
An exhaustive search of cherokee yielded almost no place with dessert. Sadly we ended up at The Little Princess Restaurant and Buffet where they had Pecan or Vinegar Pie. Not knowing what Vinegar Pie was we had the pecan which was blah.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
We are starting right at Clingman's Dome which is one of the highest mountains in the east.
We aren't really climbing it because the trail parallels the road and it didn't sound too pretty.
Instead we are parking there and hiking about 6 miles down the AT and turning around and returning to Clingman's Dome.
The trail is very up and down following the ridge of the mountains which is also the border between NC and TN.
We get to see their trail log notes to each other at one of the shelters along the trail. This is how they communicate which each other as over 3000 hikers are attempting the feat this year.
This shelter was pretty nice.
For a 12 mile hike we feel pretty good at the end. We climb the observation town and get a good look around.
Many thru hikers take a day off the trail here to head to Gallingburg for a resupply and shower before continuing.
Later as I write this I know why as Gattlingburg is about the most abnoxious tourist town I have ever seen. And after 2 or 3 weeks in the woods (or even anyplace else) it must seem horrible.
Monday, April 29, 2013
On the final night of rain we noticed the river lever rising quickly. So did our neighbor, who knocked and said the river might flood and he was hooking up in case he had to drive away quickly.
After that I started monitoring the river on-line. You can see how fast it was rising at one point. Our campground is right on the river and it would have started getting flooded in the yello action band of the graph. Lucky for us the T-storms broke up that night and the river crested about 1 foot below that level.
Our neighbor who warned us about the river had also pimped his trailer removing a couch and island and replacing them with hand made cabinets with thick chunky solid wood countertops. Pretty nice!
Here is a picture just to proved some work took place. There was also a trip to the Post Office involved.
My ribs were great! Oddly we ran into someone we know from Boston who was visiting some friends he know in Asheville. His friends had just moved here about a year ago from Houston and really like it.
They have a production greenhouse and a big collection of Bonsai both inside and outside.
The water gardens weren't grown in yet but that made it easier to find the very very loud frogs.
We are dinner in the trailer and went out to get dessert for my birthday at the end of which of course we got a little more rain. But it was sunny most of the day so that is good enough.
Tommorow we are off to the Great Smokies Nationa Park for some hiking so hopefully the rain is all done.
We got a nice rainbow out of the rain as well.