His name is Sylvester and he is changing my mind about camping with cats. This is the stray from my last post who finally got a name. Although table sitting is not allowed, an exception was made for this picture.
My camping experience with our two older female cats was miserable, putting it mildly. They were afraid, wailed constantly in the car and cowered under the Casita bed. Their litter box was huge and I feel into it more than once!
Sylvester has been a perfect gentleman, so far! Sweet, affectionate and complained only mildly about being crated for the trip….oh, we are at the Tremont Campground, only a few feet from the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, located in Townsend, TN.
This is the 6th annual Eggscursion….a fiberglass egg rally hosted by the Egg Camping Club of TN, GA and AL.
Thursday is the perfect day to go hiking….and our only chance since abundant rain is in the forecast. Cades Cove is a short trip away and halfway around the 11 mile Cove loop is the Abrams Falls trailhead.
Since the goal is exercise, not photography, most of the loop pictures are taken on the move. This loop is one of the most heavily traveled routes in all of the Park and a good reason to only go off season.
Traffic is not too bad…we are hiking by 11:30. The hike’s rated as moderate, 5 miles with 3 climbs, and we’re unsure of our fitness…..hope we can do at least 5 miles!
This is the peak of the spring wildflowers and I am wondering if we will see anything. We are not disappointed!
Crested Dwarf Iris
Trillium, unidentified type
These rare bleeding hearts are all around the waterfall cliffs.
After one hour and forty five minutes (due to the picture taking) we arrive at Abrams Falls.
Looking for a bit of shade, we find the perfect place for lunch.
Playing with the shutter speed…..which do you like better?
The sun gets hotter as we trudge back to the car. There’s few leaves to offer any shade. We are counting the hills; one, two, and then, almost to the top of the third hill…. a blow out occurs!
The sole of hubby’s hiking boot comes loose!
There’s no duct tape but a plastic grocery sack helps. I’m concerned that his gait will be altered, placing stress on the hip replacement so we slow way down….and due to the turtle-like pace, we see a black racer heading through the brush.
Two tired hikers are happy to see the parking lot!
Coming attractions……more on the Eggscursion….and pictures if it ever stops raining!