Settling in to the camping life was fun yesterday. We dripped coffee on the stove with excellent results & managed to cook breakfast, meditate & shower all before 11! Amazed at our productivity!
Maps & trail mileage continue to outwit us. Yesterday’ s trail of choice was the Rocks Trail. The park trail map indicated it was 1.3 each way. The weather was cool so we figured Maggie would be able to make that without too much effort. The sign at the trail head indicated the trail was 2.4 miles; we assumed round trip numbers. Ha! Once again a 2+ mile jaunt turns into a 5 mile hike. The trail wound through beautiful hardwood forests & eventually made its way to a lake created by the convergence of the Pee Dee River, the Uwharrie River, & the Yadkin River. It was not mountain climbing but we could definitely tell we weren’t at sea level! The water views at trail’s end were majestic with the old mountain range in the distance. We picked our way carefully down the rocky ledge to enjoy a few tranquil moments by the water, watching birds fish & feeling the cool breeze. Maggie did very well keeping up but spent the rest of the afternoon asleep!
The weekend always brings in more campers & we had noticed the spot right beside ours had a reserve sign. The tent pad was literally 15 feet from our awning side. Sure enough, a young girl was setting up camp when we return from our walk. Edward & I shrugged & thought hmm, not much privacy now. We were outside cleaning up from all the beautiful NC red clay that came back from the walk with us & I know she felt like we were watching her. (we were) Her companions began to arrive & before we knew it, they pulled their tent stakes up & carried it to another site! Yahoo! We must have psyched them out. Now there is an ample 200 feet between us & the next campers. Happiness!
Charging our electronic devices & managing our solar power is interesting. We ran the generator for an hour twice yesterday. It is amazingly quiet! Honda makes a good one! According to wizard google, to prolong battery life the battery should not be discharged below 50%. So we can use, 50% of our battery??? At any rate, we are hoping for enough sun today to keep the battery at 100%! Big learning curve here. Our small environmental footprint is becoming even smaller!