Driving On The AT
Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
147Trip End Jan 25, 2012
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After a stroll around downtown -- what a great vibe Asheville has -- we headed out of town for a place to camp for the night. We drove a bit out of town into the National Forest. Mark knew of the Rock Creek Campground not too far away. Unfortunately, it was jam-packed on a Saturday night. Of the 40+ campsites, there was only 1 free spot. But with so many RV's -- many with Christmas lights strung around their awnings, we weren't too keen on the place
Instead, we explored a forest road that headed to Beauty Spot Gap. That location had to be beautiful, right? We drove up, up, up a hill. The paved road turned to dirt, and our GPS system indicated that we were "Driving on the Appalachian Trail." As the AT is specifically closed to motorized vehicles, we found that designation particularly funny. So, we snapped a photo to prove that we did, in fact, drive on the Appalachian Trail.
Beauty Spot was, in fact, a beautiful spot. We arrived at sunset and found a perfect camping site. Complete with fire ring and lots of firewood for a roaring campfire. We spent another wonderful night by a fire, just chatting and enjoying the gorgeous late spring weather.
Morning brought motivation, so I took Samson out for a nice run along the AT -- including the forest road we'd driven in on. Beauty Spot proved to be particularly popular that morning, as 3 cars arrived at the campsite within 15 minutes of each other. None of the cars were together. They just all picked that time to arrive. After chatting a bit, we finished packing up and headed back to Blacksburg. Mark was due in surgery in two days -- again. Time to get home and under go more repair work. But, this one will hopefully be the last for a while.