Friday, April 26
It did rain last night – a gentle drumming that picked up towards morning. In the morning it was nice enough to sit under the awning with coffee and to visit with those venturing out. Late morning Tom and I headed out in search of strong phone reception to check messages and e-mails, still sprinkling off and on.
The weather cleared up during the afternoon, and was perfect for Tink’s acclaimed Amuse Busch. Amuse Busch is a “foodie” thing on TV, and means “small party in the mouth.” Tink has made it into a traveling affair where single bites of sampling-sized foods are served at each trailer. Of course, everyone serves more than just the single bite, and all of the servings added up to the makings of a full meal! Oh, and small drinks were also served at each stop . . . a smorgasbord of offerings to keep us well hydrated! Tom and I served margarita shrimp (hot off the grill) with a slice of lime and a shot of Tequila!
Tink’s added dose of fun was to add matching hoodies for the ladies that read: “We’re more than just camping friends – we’re like a really small GANG!" Needless to say, our little progressing around the campground, eating and drinking and appropriately outfitted, caused more than a little interest!
Saturday, April 27
That brings us to our last full day on this trip and at this rally.
Deep, deep in my memories as a child, are bumpy car rides up to and around Cades Cove. I always knew there was a “back way” into the Cove that we used to drive, but I wasn’t sure about the details. On our Cove tour Ken pointed out the road about 5 miles into the loop road: Rich Mountain Road that crossed over the mountains from the Cove to Townsend and thus into Maryville. The one-way road (heading from the Cove into Townsend) is 12 miles long, gravel, and very narrow. As it reaches the park boundary it becomes a two-way paved road and winds through a little community before landing in Townsend. It was a great trip down memory lane and something that we have never done in all our years of visiting.
The Spring Fling was ready to wind down, and on a very mellow note, Dan and Tim brought out guitars, Don brought out his harmonica, and we were entertained by a full hour concert of songs everyone knew. It just doesn’t get any better for an ending note!
Sunday morning early we headed for home. We had Monday and Tuesday to clean and repack for a very different type of venue: Urban Air.
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown