Wanderlust: a German word for the irresistibly strong desire to travel or wander. It evokes such romantic visions of gypsy carts & nomadic herdsmen in my mind, but I never really considered it a quality of mine. Perhaps it is in our DNA & surfaces from time to time if allowed. Wanderlust is certainly flowing through our blood these days.
No matter how much we like a camping spot, travel day brings excitement. The nostalgia for the good times had is eclipsed by the lure of the new & unknown. Breaking down camp & hitching up is never a chore. “Beaming up” our new destination on Google Maps nearly makes me giddy & pulling in to the new campground, ahh sweet. It is the same feeling that keeps me going on a trail, always wondering what is around the next bend waiting to be discovered.
Lake Powhatan Campground in the Pisgah National Forest is shady & very private. The loop we chose has no hookups but lots of space between campsites. Most of the other campers are in the loop with water & electric. Our names are on the waiting list, but I imagine we will stay put. Running the generator a couple of hours a day gives us the power we need to keep our electronics going & the lights on.
The forest service maintains 40 miles of trails in the 6,000 acre Bent Creek Experimental Forest & does a great job of marking them. Good thing for hikers because lots of trails intersect & it would be easy to get lost. Asheville is 10 minutes away, the beautiful French Broad River & the Blue Ridge Parkway are right up the road. Looks like it will be a fun week!