We went camping last weekend, with some friends I had met 25 years ago, when we were in college together. It is so much fun to reunite with college buddies and catch up. Now we are all parents of (almost) teenagers. Such a new experience!
My friends found a private campground called Blackberry Blossom, in Unicoi County, still in Tennessee. The campground is located 45 minutes away from Roan Mountain State Park and Cherokee National Forest, where you can pick up a part of the Appalachian Trail. In fact, the highest point of the Appalachian Trail happens to be there, at the trail head, and we took a picture in front of it.
Camping can be hard, especially when it rains. Well, it rained on Friday and on Saturday. Hard. It would stop and then it would pick back up. That part, we did not enjoy. But everything else provided us with opportunities for rest and relaxation.
So other than being drenched on the AT, we had a great time with friends. Our children enjoyed playing with friends old and new. As we left the campground on Sunday, our son said, “This trip was amazing!”
We took today to recover from the trip. I have learned to be less ambitious with my academic goals after a trip. Cleaning the house and doing laundry after a camping trip counts as home ec, by the way.