Super 8 Rainsville
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Cassie flew in from Palm Beach, but didn't get to Atlanta until late at night
We went to eat dinner in the city
Got lost trying to find our car - Scary!
Ended up getting Steak and Shake
Drove to Cloudland Canyon and went camping with Alicia and Matt
Beautiful mountains and views!
Hiked down the canyon to the waterfalls
Went swimming in the waterfalls
So cold but ...
... and very quiet.
Speed limits a bit confusing, my Satnav said 70mph and everyone seems to be doing that, but the signs said 55mph.
As usual all the signs had minimum speed limits too.
Got to Fort Payne and it was shut!!! Followed some Trail of Tears signs to a Cherokee Chief's home, called the Andrew Ross house. The house is now privately owned, although photographs of the outside are encouraged.
There is more to this story, as I may get to ...
... know if the toilet has been "foot flushed?" So my day was a slow, relaxed one, contemplating the mysteries of the marina.
We did solve another mystery. We discovered that the "pirates" we saw upriver in Chattanooga were in fact the Nina and the Pinta and they had followed us to Guntersville. When we woke up this morning the two ships were moored directly across the lake from us, with their flags raised and their crew in sight. For a fee, ...
... our journey. We were perhaps ready to lock down before he was ready to let us. But he was sweet and a West Virginia boy who somehow ended up being a lock master in East Tennessee. Go figure.
This lake is huge. While it starts like a river like all TVA lakes immediately down stream from the dam, it quickly becomes wide, at times reaching an expanse of almost 2 miles. Unfortunately, it has a lot of aquatic plant growth, ...
... around and took some more pictures.
On my return trip back to the west rim and my campsite I some how got off the trail. This ended up being one of the sketchiest hikes I ever did. Somehow, I got off on what looked to be either a game trail or an old hiking trail that had fallen into disuse. At the beginning, it was clear enough to look like it actually went somewhere so I followed it until it abruptly ended at a pretty steep drop off the face of the canyon. Apparently, ...