Our site was amazing. As if getting one of the last three tent sites wasn't enough, I think we got one of the best sites. We had to hike down quite a way so it was a good bit off the road. A few yards more and we were at the AT, a few yards beyond that was a cliff with a lovely view. As soon as we got our illicit fire started Friday, it began to rain pretty hard, but that didn't dampen our moods.
Breakfast began early the next morning and involved frying up some bacon and then frying up some eggs in the reserved grease. Y-U-M. Sop it up with some ember toast and we were good to go. Down the Doyle River Trail that is. We were eager to see the two waterfalls that were a few miles downhill. Picking up the AT at our site and taking it to the Doyle River Trail head, we were off -- we even spotted a few occurrences of bear poo along the way.
Photo courtesy of Jeff
One of the most surprising parts of the trip was when we ran into Scott & Katina and family on the trail. They were staying in the very same campground and pulled in only minutes after us. How bizarre! Katina earned my respect as she looked like she was doing pretty well on the upward half of the hike at 5-ish months pregnant. I, however, didn't do so well going up. In my pride, and in the face of Jeff's playful taunting, I tried to keep with Jeff's pace. He ended up carrying my pack and getting the car for me at the trail head because I'd gotten sick. How humbling.
Another highlight - Dinner. We made shish-ka-bobs with cubed steak, button mushrooms, red onion, green bell pepper, and summer squash topped with a dash of garlic salt, wrapped in heavy duty foil and tossed into the fire for a few minutes. Heaven. Mmm. We ate so well.
Sunday we packed up and drove to the Graves Mountain Apple Festival. We both remembered the festival from years earlier when we went with the SGC singles. We walked the festival, visited the animals, and picked apples to make apple sauce (I'll be using Joy's recipe) then went on our way.
The drive home was dotted with fun stops including an antique store and a few vineyards where we partook in some tastings. It was a perfect fall weekend.