[Jennifer]  Hi!  Just a quick note to share some photos from a quick Labor Day camping trip Adan and I took this past weekend.  (Or, more accurately, the Great Let’s-get-the-heck-out-of-Downtown-before-Boomsday Exodus.)
Adan found a great site on the western border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just a few miles outside of Maryville, TN.  
Was that a bear?
My Dad loaned us a camping stove (THANKS, DAD!), and we made an old classic for dinner.  Proximity of the car in the background of this photo underscores the extent to which this was true dump camping.
Dinner delight: vegan kielbasa, green pepper, pineapple, + rice
The site was right along Abrams Creek.  We got to explore a bit and went for a very easy hike.  We saw flowers that are a shade of red that feels like it’s burning a hole in your retina if you stare too long.  
My eyes!!
What did kitty do while we were away?  Pretended her people were coming back soon to play more string game.
Did not miss them at all.
Margo Akerman
9/8/2010 12:50:41 am

What beautiful weather you had for your camping trip! Avoiding Booms Day--SMART!!!
Al-Dad and I once camped in that Abrams Creek area and found more solitude there than were we to have gone to central or eastern sites.As for Zoe, she's just hiding her feelings. Of course, she missed you! Many more happy trail to you.

9/8/2010 04:32:29 am

That solitude was exactly what we sought. Going down on a Sunday of Labor Day weekend was pretty risky; the centrally-located spots would have been overrun. As it was, we barely got that last space in the campground.

That must have been what Z was trying to tell us as she bit our ankles upon our return :-)

Thanks for the kind wishes,



9/8/2010 04:36:17 am

Website malfunction: a wildflower identification provided by Jennifer's grandmother (whose horticultural prowess was previously mentioned in the lotus blog entry) was misplaced. I'll copy it below, with the added note that this info comes from Fran's copy of _Wildflowers in Color_ by Stupka, a University of Tennessee flower expert:

"Fun! Food! Flowers!

'Cardinal-flower' Lobelia cardinalis of the Bluebell family

- the only red-flowered species of Lobelia in the Southern Appalachians; the others are bluish or purplish. It grows along streamsides, in roadside ditches, in marshes and wet meadows at the lowest altitudes to over 3,500 feet.

Aren't you glad you asked?"

Yes, absolutely! Many thanks.


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