Andy's hiking boots had died on Sunday so our first priority was to get a new pair. One of the campers here was wearing an inexpensive pair he got at Costco. Andy decided he must have a some. Costco is a long way to go to find out they did not have any more hiking boots. We stopped in the Co-Op in Sevierville and he got a very nice pair at five times the price of the Costco ones. Today Andy quipped that the boots would outlast him. I wailed, what would I do with a pair of 10-1/2 hiking boots if he died. Andy suggested that I find a new husband with size 10-1/2 feet. Shoe shopping took us all day.
I was back at the dentist on Tuesday morning. He referred me to an endodontist in Knoxville and the receptionist made an appointment for me on Thursday. Then we headed to the Cosby campground to do our laundry. It was late enough in the day that Clyde and Debbie (Cosby campground hosts) had returned from a few days at home. We sat and chatted with them while I did three loads. That was a pleasant few hours.
It was almost dark when we got back to Big Creek. Camper Michele was at our campsite when we got back so I invited her to stay and talk over a cup of tea. That was a delightful end to our camp-host weekend.
Today was rainy and cold most of the day. There were only a few people in Big Creek.
The campground had two tents in the morning and three in the evening. Michele stopped by in the morning with a friend from New York and her two daughters. They were headed to the artist village shops to look around on a rainy day and invited us to join them at their campsite in the evening for campfire-pineapple-upside-down cake.
|Andy Walking Down Tent Campground Road|
We had a quiet day. Only one person came to our site for help. She and her husband had hiked up the Big Creek Trail yesterday and she lost her brand new Land's End jacket. She had bought it for this trip. People do occasionally bring us lost items but no one brought the jacket. She asked if the park has a lost and found so I gave her my phone to use to call and ask. They left to walk up the trail to see if it might still be lying on the ground along the trail. We never saw them again to know if she found it. I fretted about her the rest of the day.
It took a while to get a fire going, even with wood that was not directly rained on. It has been that humid and moist here for the past few days.
|Campfire Ramen Noodles|
This was a new campfire treat to us. Michele spread out sheets of aluminum foil on the picnic table. She put a little pile of brown sugar on the foil and topped it with a healthy chunk of butter. She placed a cherry on top of the butter and set a ring of pineapple over the cherry. Next, she put one of those little round grocery store cakes used for making strawberry shortcake upside down over the pineapple. They were wrapped in the foil and placed on the grate above the fire. I wasn't paying attention, but she probably left them on the fire for ten or fifteen minutes. Yummy!!
|Michele Making Campfire Treats|
Michele knows all kinds of campfire treats. After a while, she made campfire popcorn. She put the popcorn and some oil in an aluminum pie pan. Then she used two long sheets of aluminum foil to wrap the pie pan and make a tent over it. It sat above the fire until the popping slowed. Voila! Homemade Jiffy Pop. You know, everything tastes better cooked on a campfire.
The moss on these boulders along the campground road was looking lush in the dampness.
|Green Velvet Boulders|