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burntorangeVOLffle

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My son and I went for a little walk today in the greenbriar area of cosby. I really wanted to do the porter creek trail, but the road is washed out and the sign says no one beyond this point.

If I was alone I would have walked around the signs but I had my son so you know.

We just walked the road for a couple miles and took several side trails to the creeks.

We actually set out on a rock in the creek below a bridge and had a snack. I needed the carbs cause the humidity had my old butt sucking wind.
Humidity was high yesterday. My glasses kept fogging up LOL.
 
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Did a section of the AT in Hampton on Watauga Lake yesterday. Destination was the Watauga Dam. Nice trail that ended up being a little longer than we thought Kids powered through though and loved seeing the views from dam at the end. The was quite the large tree blocking the trail at one point. That was new for them to have to climb over something in the way View attachment 283971 View attachment 283972
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One of my first AT hikes ever as a kid with my dad. On a side note I am a trail maintainer for the AT and hopefully the ATC will let us get back out there in the next few weeks to get trees cleared off of the trail.
 

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I think I read aboit a new Visitor Center in Damascus?
Yes and National Trail Days should have been this past Saturday, but well you know all those people in trail towns would have been a problem. They had a virtual Trail Days, I just couldn't get into that though, just not the same. The GSMNP is close to having a plan to get most everything opened back up.
 

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One of my first AT hikes ever as a kid with my dad. On a side note I am a trail maintainer for the AT and hopefully the ATC will let us get back out there in the next few weeks to get trees cleared off of the trail.
Trail maintenance on the AT has always been great from my experience. Rarely so I ever see a large tree in the way. Honestly I didnt even think that crews were on hold due to pandemic. It looked like a pretty fresh fall so I assumed it had happened in last couple of days.
 
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For anyone who might be contemplating a visit to grizzly country in the foreseeable future, here is the link to a video that illustrates a behavior that most definitely should be avoided: Montana driver has a lucky escape after grizzly charges car when he slows down to look at her cubs | Daily Mail Online.

Incidentally, this incident was surpassed in stupidity by at least one encounter with a grizzly. If memory serves me correctly, this event was recorded long ago in Andy Russell’s classic book, “Grizzly Country.” And, if memory serves me correctly, the particulars were as follows:

Around dusk, a driver spots a grizzly crossing the road at some distance. For some inexplicable reason, the driver decides to play a practical joke on this bear. He turns his headlights off, turns off his engine and slowly coasts up behind the bear. Upon getting into close proximity with this bear, he then proceeds to startle it with a prolonged honk of his horn. Grizzlies are, of course, enormously powerful animals. Close your eyes and ponder the thought of filling such an animal with an immediate rush of adrenaline and instantaneous rage. You can imagine the outcome.

After practically jumping out of its skin, this grizzly charged the vehicle, brought both forepaws up and all but crushed the engine block with one powerful blow, before sprinting up the side of the nearest mountain to get away from this idiot. Can you just imagine the call that must have transpired between this driver and his insurance agent: “Sir, I have no idea why this bear decided to virtually destroy my pickup truck.”
 
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Trail maintenance on the AT has always been great from my experience. Rarely so I ever see a large tree in the way. Honestly I didnt even think that crews were on hold due to pandemic. It looked like a pretty fresh fall so I assumed it had happened in last couple of days.
The national forest is about to start letting us go back out and we have a conference call with the park next week. I'm ready, I'm sure everything is a mess.
 

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Next was a family first camping trip. In fact it was a first time for everyone but me! Stayed at a nice quiet little campground right down the road from Damascus. Had nice creek running right behind us with shallows and deep spots for swimming. Nearby were a couple short trails with steep climbs. Everyone had a great time. 0C32CFBD-A91A-4C9D-B0C2-2021586FD851.jpeg 7659A473-D0EA-4408-93B9-F7B387BF688F.jpeg 8EB9B808-188B-4F83-ACFC-8EB66F0A4952.jpeg 8E0485D0-22D2-4E23-8197-0FA06EF252D3.jpeg E9803600-2405-4D8E-A86C-D1D8C62D57CD.jpeg 435BE5FF-5C10-4708-8C9F-91803F1B7EAC.jpeg DB98849D-BEA2-4E2A-B9A1-5CCFE3E6831A.jpeg
 

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Next was a family first camping trip. In fact it was a first time for everyone but me! Stayed at a nice quiet little campground right down the road from Damascus. Had nice creek running right behind us with shallows and deep spots for swimming. Nearby were a couple short trails with steep climbs. Everyone had a great time. View attachment 289336 View attachment 289340 View attachment 289341 View attachment 289342 View attachment 289343 View attachment 289344 View attachment 289345
I'll bet they slept well.
 

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I've done the CT once..it was raining and we were covered in mud!
We did it 2 years ago and it was raining when we started. We all had the mud splatter up the back LOL. That trip also had 4 older cousins and a brother in law that wanted to ride through as fast as possible. We wanted to take our time and soak in the trail this time.

Back then the middle boy was on the little bike and he did the whole trip too. That little bike has some miles on the CT.

We are planning to go again in the fall when the leaves change.
 
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picking nits. Sure, but there are plenty of congested areas in national forests as well.
No, I'm not picking nits. I've spent plenty of time in National Forests and the Smokey Mountain National Park. I've never had a issue being six feet or more away from anyone else. Heck, most of my time in either has been spent in the absence of anyone other than whomever might be accompanying me.

You've quoted no sources of stats to support your point of view. Apparently, you just want to belligerently assert it all the same. Congratulations. You are recognized for who you are.
 

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