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 ...
... Museum this afternoon.
Nearby is the Willstown Cemetery which is where Cherokee Indians were buried after the mission had started. I'm guessing that the missionaries in this area were Scottish, given the names of the American Indians. There used to be gravestones, but they were all made of natural biodegradable material, so not here now.
Headed for town centre and discovered they had a railroad museum, yep that was shut too.
... Calliope ship shape for our continuing voyage. Don wallowed in the bilge all day while Bart washed Calliope and put some ropes on the new buoys. After he had finished his work, Don spent some time with us talking about his experiences on the ocean and telling us where some of his favorite anchorages were located on the river and on the TomBigbee. We enjoyed swapping boat stories. As evening and sunset approached, Bart and I walked around the marina ...
... 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, ...
... was about 100 yards below the trail I should have been on. I did some rock scrambling, some climbing on hands and knees, and scaled a vertical wall using just some holes in the rocks to climb up. Luckily, I found the old trail and followed it back to the campsite. That was some serious off-trail hiking!
That night, I started a nice fire, drank some beers and listened to Thursday Night football on the radio. What an amazing day of hiking and first night in the woods!!!