Long range forecast says 69 degrees next Saturday...
Well, that frikin' weather man has been reassigned to "local flavor" stories--you know, "The Chicken Stew at the Smith's was a really big hit this year..." He'll be much more successful at after-the-fact information.
I wasn't able to make it to the teepee until late Saturday afternoon, so Kristen will fill you in on the whole picture, but I'll give you my little slice. The weather wasn't cooperating, but that's normal this time of year in the mountains of North Carolina. I arrived around 4:30, and after greetings, Kristen and I headed up the road. Visibility was low, but that was fine since it was my first time piloting a dual-purpose (I rode the mighty Super Sherpa!). Kristen led on the Enduro that is featured in one of the threads in the Classic section (go check it out--sweet
bike!). The temp was hovering around 40, and the misting and dense fog made any attempts at speed moot. We rode up a mountain road and then returned after a bit. I can't wait to explore in better weather!
After I set up camp, we (Kristen's husband, their daugher and a friend, and me) cooked hot dogs and s'mores. Hanging out at a campfire in any
weather is always a good time, and this time was no different. In my opinion, being in the out-of-doors is the best way to pass the time. It began to rain more steadily, so after some more conversation, we called it a night.
This morning came and we spent the time packing up and readying to leave. I went a different way home on Kristen's advice and really enjoyed the route leading right through the mountains. Very remote areas, and if it hadn't been so overcast and foggy, the views would have been spectacular.
Here's my little slice of outdoor heaven. If you haven't been lulled to sleep by pattering rain and trout jumping in a pond nearby, you are seriously missing out!
Here's some pics of an old
And various pics from this morning...
And here's the Google Earth satellite view. Just to the left of the back tire is the trout pond/country store where the teepee looms.
Thanks again for your wonderful hospitality, Kristen! And thanks for letting me tame the Sherpa!