Saturday, June 16, 2012

On The Home Front

I know it seems like all we do is hike and that’s mostly true.  It is our passion and there’s nothing we’d rather be doing.  However, our entire life isn’t on a trail somewhere and we are, from time to time, involved with other things.  That has been the case for the better part of this week.  More on that later.

Sometimes the Peanut can be so sweet and he's always happy for us to be at home.

Our month at this campground is over tomorrow.  We had planned to move up to the Mt Pisgah Campground on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but we have decided to spend a couple weeks back in Tennessee.  So, tomorrow morning we’re heading over to Misty River Campground near the Townsend entrance to the Park.  It’s really not so far over there by way of Newfound Gap Road over the mountain, but we (especially Gene) don’t want to drive the motorhome over that curvy road.  We’ll take I-40 around through Knoxville and then cut over to Maryville.

We’ve enjoyed our time in North Carolina and had planned to go up to the Mt Pisgah Campground on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  We may still do that later in the summer, but for now we want to be on the Tennessee side of the Smokies for a few weeks.  There are so many wonderful trails over there.

We had planned a hike for today, but as we were ready to walk out the door, I bent over to pick up my pack and my back had a few things to say about that.  I immediately got out the heating pad and stretched out for an hour.  That helped a lot and I was able to walk around the campground for a few minutes.  After another session with the heating pad, I was feeling good as new.  Well, not NEW, but my regular OLD self.  Hopefully, we’ll be back on the trail early next week.

In my last post I included this photo, but didn’t have a clue as to what type bird it might be.  Pam, at Nomadic Newfies, one of our faithful readers, tried to help me out in that regard and did an internet search for this bird.  She suggests it might be an Eastern Towhee.  Thanks, Pam, for coming to my rescue.

We want to welcome two more followers.  First, is Brady Rose and second, is Pearl at Serenity Cove.  Doesn’t that sound like a place you want to be.  We’re glad to have Brady and Pearl tagging along.

Gene is back with a little ice cream treat for me.  Better tend to that.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for tagging along.


  1. oh sweet!..enjoy your ice cream!

  2. Well, I consider this very good news. The part about another couple of weeks in TN, NOT the part about your back. Yikes on that - hope today is good as new!!

    We are beginning to think of terms of heading south and can't believe how quickly these weeks have flown by. Our most difficult part of coming home is going to be the heat. There is a consistent 20-30 difference in the temps here in Maine and those in Knoxville. That's going to be tough for us to swallow!!

    Hope to see you soon.

  3. It is definitely warming up around here. Even hiking at high elevations is starting to get a little uncomfortable. Have a safe trip home.