After a good full day of hiking, Julie and I returned to our campsite at Elkmont, E5, right on the water. Last night we didn’t have a chance to enjoy it because of the rain, but now the weather is finally doing as predicted so we have a honest to gosh campfire. I love campfires, but never make them when I’m traveling alone, it’s just not the same without company.
As for this campsground, it’s superb. The sites are a bit less level than Smokemont, but the abundance of water sites makes up for that. I will say though with the water running as fast as it is right now there is quite a bit of noise which might be a negative if you need quiet for sleeping. The way Elkmont is set up, a good number of the sites are on water. It runs along both sides of this stream and there’s even a smaller tributary farther back that has sites along it too. That rock you see me sitting on over the water was right in our site, like mother nature put it there for just that purpose. Prices and amenities are the same as Smokemont.
The next day we were planning on hitting the four mile round trip Chimney Stacks trail before heading back to Fairburn, but it’s closed. Julie had wanted to do this one when she’d come on a previous trip but it had been closed then too, foiled again. So instead we take our time leaving the Smokies, stopping at a few overlooks and moseying out through Cherokee the way we had came in.
Like the last time I visited, I leave wanting more. There are so many things yet to see, trails still to hike. But I know that as long as my home has wheels, I can always come back which is a good feeling. Perhaps next time I’ll be able to stay longer than just a few nights. So long Smokies… for now!
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Since arriving back at Fairburn the weather has been hot, it got up to 88 yesterday. Is it time to go north yet? Otherwise GARF is going well, this will be my fourth weekend, then I’ve only got four more to go, I can’t believe how fast it’s flying by. I’ve been stuck to my Kindle this week, I had the (mis?)fortune to be loaned the first A Song of Ice and Fire book (Game of Thrones) before I went up to the Smokies and have not been able to tear myself away from the series since. I have access to the TV show through friends as well, but I want to read the books before I watch the show.
Also, a hearty thank you to everyone who contributes to IO through commenting on the posts, spreading the word to their friends, donating, and using my affiliate links. Amazon affiliate income for April totalled $230, and donations through Paypal for the month were $23. I had figured putting those links up would help me a little around the holidays and I continue to be amazed by how much comes in even now that they have passed.
Enjoy your weekend everyone! After sunshine and heat all week it sounds like it’ll be raining on me at the festival this weekend, if you have plans to be outdoors I hope you stay dryer than me.
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