Deep Creek Adventures

Beginning in the early 1970s, most summers were spent in the mountains of western North Carolina. Camping, hiking, tubing, river trips and escaping the heat of south Florida. In fact, these yearly trips led me to Western Carolina University where I spent my first two years of college life and met my husband of thirty-five years.

Many summers have been spent at our favorite campground, Deep Creek, a part of Great Smoky Mountain National Park. This year Meghan and Jon joined us for a few days of camping in Deep Creek.

Campfires and breakfast cooked on the camp stove are among the highlights of the trip, but without a doubt tubing on the river is what makes Deep Creek a repeat destination. I don’t mean to brag, but I was the only one of the four of us to stay on the tube…Betty Falls proved too much for the others.

Unfortunately, the constant rain shortened our trip, but it was reminiscent of Meghan’s first camping trip to Deep Creek at age 2 months when she was the only dry camper hanging out in the back of our station wagon while the adults huddled under a tarp over the picnic table making the most of a camping trip in the non-stop rain.

 

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As Yogi Berra would say, “It’s like deja vu all over again.”

Wandering through Waterfalls

Last year was all about the beach, fishing and sea turtles and in 2012 the focus was bats and caves. This year has been the year of water…rain, rivers, springs, and waterfalls.

On the first day of 2014, a cool, rainy day, we started the year at Rainbow Springs State Park walking through the gardens and man-made waterfalls.IMG_2002Falling Waters State Park, the home of the 100-foot deep Falling Waters Sink, is an impressive Florida waterfall we visited later in January.

Then this summer waterfalls dominated our trip to North Carolina. First at Deep Creek, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

And then at Panthertown Valley, Nantahala National Forest.

“There is a hidden message in every waterfall. It says, if you are flexible, falling will not hurt you!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

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