Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
300Trip End Nov 04, 2008
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Camping Gt Smokies - $20 tent, no showers
While we were waiting Marcos was chatted up by a Cherokke indian (100% pure blood according to her) who just would not stop talking. She was going to a flea market to sell all her stuff to "whites" as she kept saying. She was nice but quite "heavy going" and kept complaining that her husband (who was loading the truck behind us) didnt understand her because he was only "mixed blooded indian Cherokee". She gave us her address and cell phone in case we were close to her trailer park in Cherokee!
Given the delay of the laundry, and that the mountain roads to the Great Smokey Mountains are of reduced speed limit (30 miles per hour) it wasnt until after lunch that we arrived and set up our tent. This was at the Smokemont camp managed by the National Park
The camping is very organised and clean, although sadly it lacks showers or hot water so we knew the next two days would be slightly smelly!
We did manage to have a short hike around the area and prepare a good warm dinner with our cooker.
The park guards did warn us (and made us sign a letter of understanding) that the area is full of black bears and that we should leave absolutely no food behind as they have an incredible scent. Just the day before tourists were attacked by a young bear and the guards had to kill it...not very far away from where the camping is.
By the way, the tent we bought in Wal Mart for $48 is huge (basically an outdoor living room)!