There’s nothing like spending such a night sitting around a fire that is situated inside a fire ring from the Elkmont campground in the Great Smoky Mountains.
My wife and I were joined in our north yard by my brother and sister and their spouses, all of whom have taken numerous trips to the national park.
The fire ring was a 50th anniversary gift to my wife and I by the aforementioned relatives.
We moved into our new house just over a year and a half ago, and because we like the mountains so much, we decided to construct a small stream in our yard and top out the look with a park fire ring.
There is a company that makes them, but with a little luck, our niece procured one on a trip earlier this year that she made to Gatlinburg.
Although there was a lot of back and forth concerning getting the fire ring, she was successful and it alll worked out. The fire ring was christened Halloween Night 2017.
We had chili, a staple on our trips, and of course s'mores.
Down here in south Mississippi, the day was clear and we were having a warming trend after a cold front had moved through a number of days earlier.
But as the sun went down, the air began to chill and the fire was all the more inviting.
We can’t get to the mountains as much as we would like, but with the manmade stream gurgling and the warmth of the fire, it was almost like being there.
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