Grreat Smoky Mountain NP Backpacking Trip 11/23/2011 Cades Cove
Wow, are you kidding! Our start temperature that day was 30 degrees, man are you kidding. Well at this point I thought I may be regretting bringing the 30 degree bag instead of my nice warm comfortable 0 degree bag. I really had no recourse at this point since my 0 degree bag was in Tampa about 12 hours away.
After the first night we needed to pull our bags out and dry them out. We experienced a lost and I mean a lot of condensation. More appropriately it literally seemed like it rained on us, that's how significant it was. I attribute it to our camp site location. It was wedged i nbetween the convergence of a large flowing creek and smaller stream strapped in a valley area. It was very humid and as soon as we lost sight of the sun, you good just feel the moisture building.
This was probably one of the most scenic routes we have taken in GSMNP. This is a tunnel under the road where we had to cross and pick up the trail.
This was the first time we had selected a trial that skirted on the Park Boundry.
More expanse views:
Camp site location at 18
Same location but different view.
Salami and cheddar mmmmm!
Our Gossamer Gear Spinn Twin is a favorite shelter of ours
I forgot to mention that the night sky (for both nights) did not have a cloud in sight and since all the tress had surrendered their leaves to the winter calling we were treated with spectacular views of the constellations, shooting stars and satellites making their way across the night sky. It has been years since I have had the opportunity to star gaze.
Ahhh, we made it what a lovely experience!