Deep Creek and the Cherokee Eggs

Fifty-five years of camping in the Smokies and I had never been to Deep Creek!  We took a detour on the way to the Cherokee Rally through Bryson City, NC to explore Deep Creek and decided to brave the cold and camp in the Park.  (Camping in the Smoky Mtns National Park means no hookups and no showers!)  
We knew how tough we were from our two months of winter desert camping and were fine, sleeping warm, although it was 39 degrees inside the next morning.  (It does get a little chilly when we need to get up in the middle of the night!)
Deep Creek

Tom Branch Falls
Pull through site

Welcome blue sky after a gloomy overcast day  

The next morning the cold temps drove us into town to McDonald's.  We had planned to see all three waterfalls in the area and do a little trout fishing.  Not that tough!

It was only a few miles, less than 20?, on to Happy Holiday RV Park in Cherokee, NC.  We were pleased to see all of the eggs that had already arrived.

I was anxious to meet Sharon and Ron, http://tinycamper.wordpress.com
and kept checking on the site where they were supposed to be.  Finally they arrived and I got to meet the family.  Sharon was as nice in person as she is on the blogs.  And Sheba definitely lived up to her reputation for being a handful!

Tiny Camper has introduced me to the beauty of mushrooms and these little wonders were showing their glory surrounded by campers.

I am having a dickens of a time with making my blog work this morning.....don't know if it is my ignorance or if there is something really wrong.  (Patience, Lynne, with practice you will improve!)

We enjoyed the mountains, the creek, the leaves, the weather but most of all we enjoyed the people!
One of the group summed it up by saying "These people feel more like family than family." 

I am going to close with pictures! 


  1. I'm jealous...you got to meet Sharon :O) No seriously, love to meet all of you someday soon! And especially tour the interiors of all those eggs! Loved all the ralley pics...when some spoke of a Uhaul, I had no idea they actually had a trailer! May you continue to be blessed this autumn!

  2. I do feel blessed to be able to do what we do! These rallies are great fun and it is even more fun to be able to meet face to face with those that you know from the net.

    Your time is coming!

  3. Love the pictures. Looks like a great time for all. Wish we could have made it.

  4. It would have been more fun with you and Wanda there!

    Have fun ballooning!

  5. 55 years of camping in the Smokies... makes me feel that I've wasted a lot of my life! Maybe I'll spend the rest of my life trying to catch up with you! :)

    And no heat! Cringe! We are wimps!

    It was so fantastic meeting you and David! I am looking forward to camping together again soon!

    I love your pictures. They capture angles of beauty that I miss -- or overlook! And it was so much fun seeing pictures of the people at the rally with their campers again.

    I'm glad to see you enjoying photographing mushrooms. Some are beautiful. Some are... well... not so beautiful! But they are an endlessly fascinating photo subject.

  6. I was 8 years old when our family took the first trip. What a story, old army tent, 6 kids and two sets of parents, one set not speaking!

    Thanks for the kind words....envying you both for your tranquil week! Enjoy!