We have finally left the Smokemont Campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I just love the National Park camping experience. It is so peaceful and serene with the song of the babbling brook (in this case the Oconaluftee River and Bradley Fork), the birds, and the trees. The sites are large and since this is still too early for many vacationers, it almost seemed like we had the place to ourselves, especially during the work week.
The Smokemont campground has been closed over the past several months for some much needed renovations and repaving of the interior roads. Every driving surface in the campground was repaved--roads, parking areas, campsites, dump station. Wonderful! The restrooms were renovated as well--not so far as hot water, but a fresh new look. A lot of work has gone into this campground and we enjoyed our stay there.
However, over a week without hookups was plenty. I can do pretty good without electricity, but I really don’t like to be without cell service. It’s not so much the internet that I miss, although it is an important part of my day with my own blog and keeping up with the blogs I read, but I really don’t like to be without a telephone. With elderly family members an emergency could pop up at any time. I want to be able to get a call. I want to be able to make a call if I have an emergency myself. We’re back to civilization now. As wonderful as our stay at Smokemont was, I was ready to leave.
|Nantahala Outdoor Center|
|Oops, an unmanned raft is not a good thing.|
|This doesn't even look like fun to me.|
|The white blaze of the AT as it heads north over the bridge|
|A class in session|
That’s all for now. Thanks for tagging along.