Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Spence Field



Date: August 11 - 13, 2006
Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
Trail: Anthony Creek Trail, Bote Mountain Trail to Spence Field
Members: Gary Whiteman White, Mike Hank Henshaw, Foster Pilgrim Parsons

ON AUGUST 11, 2006 THE SIPSEY WILDERNESS HIKING CLUB MET AT CADES COVE CAMPGROUND IN THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK FOR A WEEKEND OF HIKING AND SOCIALIZING. THREE MEMBERS SHOWED UP INCLUDING “PILGRIM”, “HANK”, AND “WHITEMAN”.
THERE WAS A LITTLE RAIN THAT TRIED TO DAMPEN THE SPIRIT BUT WITH THE DINING FLY OVER THE TABLE THERE WAS NO PROBLEM. WE ALL ATE WELL AND ENJOYED SITTING AROUND THE CAMPFIRE FOR THE EVENING.
SATURDAY MORNING DAWNED WARM BUT WITH A LITTLE RAIN. WE HAD TO RUN BETWEEN DROPS FROM THE TENT TO THE DINING AREA BUT WE ALL MANAGED TO EAT WELL ON BISCUITS, EGGS AND BACON.

Dolls' Eye or White Baneberry (Actaea alba)
THERE WAS NEVER ANY MENTION OF NOT HIKING SO WE PREPARED OUR PACKS AND SET OFF FOR THE TRAILHEAD. ALMOST BY THE TIME WE STARTED HIKING, THE RAIN STOPPED WITH IT SPRINKLING JUST SLIGHTLY DURING THE HIKE. THIS HIKE WAS DEFINITELY AN UPHILL CLIMB AND WE DID DECIDE TO STOP SEVERAL TIMES TO ADMIRE THE SCENERY.
WHEN WE ARRIVED AT SPENCE FIELD SHELTER, THERE WERE SEVERAL HIKERS THERE TO TALK WITH, SOME OF WHOM WERE FROM ALABAMA.


ON THE WAY BACK DOWN WE ATE BLACKBERRIES THAT WE FOUND ALONG THE TRAIL AND NOTED THAT THERE WERE STILL RHODODENDRON BLOOMS ON SOME BRANCHES. WE MADE THE TRIP DOWN WITH FEWER STOPS THAN ON THE WAY UP BUT ENJOYED IT EVERY BIT AS MUCH.

 
 
 
SUNDAY MORNING WAS A BEAUTIFUL CAMPING DAY AND AFTER A GOOD BREAKFAST WE BROKE CAMP AND WENT OUR VARIOUS WAYS HOME.


 


Submitted 14 August 2006 by Whiteman




 
 
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