Camped in the moss at James Island Park in Charleston, SC. They almost didn’t let me in, said I was sleeping in my vehicle and they didn’t allow that if I didn’t have water and electric hook ups. I have a gallon water jug and house battery, so I talked my way in (I let them know, I even have a pot to use in the middle of the night)
Cheraw State Park, SC – we needed to stop for a dog break.
Today was all about waterfalls. We started at the Looking Glass Falls right off US 276 near Brevard. The 60 foot waterfall is right on the road, so very popular and crowed.
Next was Triple Falls in DuPont State Forest (ps I hate visiting there without my mountain bike) This 150 foot waterfall is broken into three cascades.
You can get around most of the ledges and further down stream can swim and have a great picnic.
Next was Hooker Falls, a small 12 foot falls, and a very short hike from the parking area but has a great swimming spot. No pictures since is was packed, but I did swim.
Next was High Falls.
An awesome view and worth the hike for the 120 foot falls.
Look bright skies.
Kodak found a new best friend. These two would have done this all day long if we let them. Porter and Kodak chased each other, ran through the creek, and rested in the mud puddles.
Our group.Hiking up Max Patch.
The 360 degree view included Mt. Mitchell and our trucks.
Marie sung the hills are alive with the sound of music. (Sam’s picture)
For those who know Johnny, this rare, it is not him under his Land Cruiser fixing something. Brian let Heather drive the Land Cruiser, when she crossed a rut on the trail (or drove into the ravine) the front differential exploded? After removing the front drive shaft, we said good bye to the group. I really hope they made it the 4 plus hours home!
We moved to a new campsite in the Pisgah National Forest. I tried a little light painting with a flashlight.
We woke up to a forecast of rain and cool temperatures. I do like this camping area, a creek right next to the truck, a pit toilet so no digging “cat holes” and peace and quiet.
We decided since the day was not nice and if anyone wanted to swim, they could do that in the rain, we started at the Wolf Creek waterfall near Rattlesnake Gap.
The pool at the base is deeper than it appears and would be great on a hot day, no one took the opportunity to swim today.So we drove around in the rain.
The fog rolled in…..
and Max Patch was soaked in. We headed back to camp. Deb and I decided rather than cook our dinner in the rain again, we would eat our Grits and figure out the rest later.
Deb, Sam and I joined friends from the Olde North State Land Cruiser club for a weekend run on forest service roads in North Carolina and Tennessee. The club’s unofficial slogan is a drinking club with a Toyota problem. So a natural meeting spot is Sierra Nevada’s brewery south of Asheville.
Lunch was awesome, the classic pizza and a sampler of beers.
But soon it was time to get into the woods, right as the rain came down.
Hurricane Creek Road was as fun as always, normal holes became muddy, water crossings deeper, etc.
But we all made it to the primitive camp at Round Mountain, TN. No more pictures today, we set up camp in the near darkness and rain, tried to make cover and cook dinner. The plan was a bring your own meat and pot luck sides. Deb worked hard to keep a fire going long enough to cook and we all headed to bed.
Station 2 of today’s performance quiz, side bounce flash with 2 stops under exposed background.
More exciting photos for use in a lab.
Another in my students at work series. Lauren photographs a model in a pool in the big studio.
A quick live demo of lighting in layers.
A quiet day. A long breakfast with the Hayes, until the off-road Bocci Ball started through the woods. A little swimming, lunch and packing then time to head home.