11 August 2001

The Smokies

Location: Gatlinburg, TN, USA
The Smokies

Accommodation: Mountain Rose Cabin, Cobbly Knob Rentals, Gatlinburg, TN
TEAM Brooks: Helen, Ron, Sue, Cheryl, Kyla, Trestan
Others: Katie, Me
Hiking: Ramsey Cascades Trail (12km, strenuous)
Rafting: Big Pigeon River (CI > CIV), 11kms, 17 rapids, water level HIGH
Outfitter: Rip Roaring Adventures
Guide: Meaghan 
Guiding: I steered the raft through the final half dozen CII > III's at days end. 
B&W Photography: Sue
Photography: Scanned analogue
Event: 27th Wedding Anniversary



Apparently, called the Smokey Mountains, because the air rarely clear due to continuous and sometimes very heavy humidity.


From Kanoe Trippers Journal

Saturday, August 11 ... departure by early evening, overnight with Earl & Mae, ate their food, drank their wine, slept in their beds, breakfast in the morning, left early ... ain't family GRAND!!

Sunday, August 12 ... 900 kms, 6am to 6pm, interstate 81 all the way, 2.5 hour stop for major accident, 120 kms/hr, nice mountain countryside, overnight Comfort Inn Harrisonburg, VA

Monday, August 13 ... 590 kms, humid, almost tropical conditions, more beautiful mountain driving

Tuesday & Wednesday ... hiked, paddled, driving tour

Thursday > Saturday, August 18 ... 430 kms, humid, drove some of the Blue Ridge Parkway, next day 1040 kms long day, final 330 km drive to home.


The Smokies Photography



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