Monthly Archives: May 2017

Can of Corn

May 17, 2017

We spent 3 very pleasant days at Cade’s Cove in Smokey Mountain National Park.  It was perfect  timing before summer families and flying insects invade.   We drove up to Gatlinburg to peek at the fudge shops and see how the town was coming back from the devastating fire last November.  It appears from the casual observer that Gatlinburg is doing well and is ready for the crowds to return.

We moved down to Tellico Plains and camped at Indian Boundary off the Cherohala Parkway. This served two goals:  revisit the Tellico River from paddling days and attempt to Fly Fish in Eastern Rivers.  The Tellico was running well and we watched some good paddlers on Baby Falls.

I got to fly fish on both the Tellico River and Citico Creek.  Each with no success.  This was disappointing as both are heavily stocked with Rainbow Trout and fished very successfully by many locals.  On my debriefings it was explained to me that flies and things were much harder and that most fish were caught with corn.

We are currently staying at our friend Sue’s cabin home near Murphy, NC.

On The Road

May 5, 2017

Excited to be back in the Airstream. During our first three weeks we have decided to stay East. We will be poking around in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina.

Our first stop is the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (BSF). This is exciting for me. This is the beautiful area I used to come with my friends from TSRA, white water paddling. Fond memories of swimming and being rescued in many a rapid here on the Cumberland Plateau (pronounced plataw if you are from around here). Unfortunately we are off to a very rainy start with more on the way. When I was paddling we loved the weekday rains that created the weekend high water. Not so much now. But what better way to get acclimated to our 100 SF home.

I know, you are saying this is his first post in 6 months, and already he is talking about the weather. Yep. It is our guiding force out here on the road.

Probably right before a swim and rescue.😊