Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Time to beat the heat and get Smoky

Overview at Clingman's Dome parking area

The Smoky's fever is taking over. Its just about 10 days before we head back to the mountains.

It seems like we were just there about two months or so ago, and we were. But this July trip is going to be our annual summer camping pilgrimage. 

Why go so often? The views! The animals! The vegetation! And a place to just get away and enjoy life - cool streams, mild days (unlike the hot and humid times in South Mississippi), a campfire and s'mores for the kids.

Elk just north of Oconaluftee Visitors Center near Cherokee
We'll have one of our sons and daughter-in-law and family (four grandkids) to enjoy and pick on. The kids love to tube the river and explore and see if they can spot a bear.

Elkmont campground will be our main stay with potential for camping also at Balsam Mountain and Mt. Pisgah farther to the north.

We look forward to more boiled peanuts and the Tribal Grounds coffee shop in Cherokee and probably another journey over to Waynesville to look at more art (wifey already made the request).

So, its time to get out in the southern heat and start fixing up the van and camper for our next great adventure.

Next post: July 3, 2012

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