May 6 – in Big Creek

I am in the internet access world again and am posting the logs for May.

Friday, May 06, 2016 – Big Creek

We had a beautiful drive up US 441 from Madison, Georgia. The trip was 208 miles.  As soon as we got to the Smokies, it started raining. We stopped to top off the fuel tank in Hartford, Tennessee before heading back over the border to Big Creek on the North Carolina side of the Appalachian Trail.  As usual, we unhooked the car next to the Pigeon River.  Andy drove the car ahead to stop any traffic coming down the Big Creek Road.  Only one car was coming out and they pulled into the parking lot by the ranger station so I could pass.

It is cold up here!!  After we got Sao settled into our host campsite, I did not go back outside. It was 48 degrees when Andy got up this morning. He was making his waffle for breakfast when we had a knock at the door.  One of the campers could not get his car started and needed a jump-start.  Andy told him he had to finish cooking and eating his waffle and then he would take our car to the campground to give him the jump.

I did get out for the morning walk around the campground and took a few pictures of our surroundings. Here is Sao in our camp host site.  The log fence in the foreground is new.  Maintenance man Richard told us he brought it from the campground with a forklift.

b Sao in Big Creek Host Site
Sao in Big Creek Host Site

The sweet shrub is blooming along the campground road.  It looks as though the cold has damaged the bloom.  There are a lot more buds so I’ll get another chance at a good photo.

b Sweet Shrub
Sweet Shrub

The Yellow Trillium are blooming all over the campground and along the creek.  Most of them look as though they have been nibbled on.

b Yellow Trillium
Yellow Trillium

There has been plenty of rain and Big Creek was full of water.

b Andy on Bridge Over Big Creek
Andy on Bridge Over Big Creek

This is looking upstream from the bridge.

b Big Creek Upstream
Big Creek Upstream from Bridge in Picnic Area

We took a mid-day walk around the campground and the horse camp. There were three site occupied with seven horses.  Five were in the first set of stalls.

b Horses in Horse Camp
Horses in Horse Camp Stalls

There was also a party in the horse camp day-use parking lot.

b Horses in Day Use Lot
Horses in Day Use Lot

All twelve tent sites were filled in the evening. We walked around and chatted with the campers and reminded them to keep their food locked in their cars or the bear-proof locker.

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