Another weekend gone in a flash and another successful camping trip under our belt. I’m becoming a dab hand at packing up everything we need for the weekend and making it fit into our tiny little two door car. Friday afternoon we left work (a little early..sshhh!) and jumped on the freeway heading north towards North Carolina to a town called Boone, which is actually really close to the border with Tennessee. Unfortunately, Friday evening traffic caused us a few headaches and our 3 and a half hour journey became four and a half hours long and we had to race the setting sun to find our campgrounds.
The sun finished setting just as we pulled into the Blue Bear Mountain Camp and we set up camp in darkness. Good thing our tent is very easy to put together quickly. This was also our first camping experience in a tent site that didn’t have electricity…..which was a surprise because we were full sure that it would have a hook up. It actually didn’t make a difference at all though, we used the car adaptor to blow up the air mattress and to keep phones charged and other than that we didn’t need or miss the electricity. Makes me think I could try the rustic (no electricity) sites in the state parks on future trips to save money.
We were warned as we checked into the camp that we needed to stake the tent down well because it might be windy at our site. That first night was not only windy but it was freezing….despite layers of clothes and blankets we were still shivering all night. Even Boomer who was wearing a little doggie coat to keep him warm insisted on burrowing down in under the blankets. The cold wind made getting up at 5.30 am on Saturday morning quite the horrific experience.
Yep 5.30am because Kathy was running another race, which explains the random choice of camping destination and the crazy early morning start. After we waved her off at the start Boomer and I had about 2 hours (of freezing cold) time to kill so we headed back to the car for 90 mins….he people watched….I read my book….we kept each other warm. Then we cheered for people at the half-way point of their marathon run while we waited for Kathy to finish her half-marathon. By the time she’d finished and we’d made our way back to camp, finally got the chance to eat something and took a nap the weather had improved a lot and we were able to head out exploring.
The Blowing Rock was only about 30 minutes away from our camp so we headed there to check it out. It’s a huge cliff that hangs out over a gorge and it got its name because of unusual wind sweeps that blow up from the gorge so strongly that apparently when it snows there it falls upside down. Well it wasn’t snowing when we were there but it was very windy but the views were spectacular.
After seeing The Blowing Rock we headed back to Boone to grab a bite to eat and then headed on back to camp for an evening in front of the campfire and to plan our adventures for the next day.
[There’ll be a part two to this post tomorrow….I just took too many photos for one post!]