Don't know what a "walking taco" is? Wait for it -- at the end of the post!
Goodie bags contained all kinds of neat things -- maps and pamphlets about local attractions, camping-chair-dining plates, wine glasses from the local winery, name buttons, key chains, campsite signs . . . .! A real Swag-Bag!
During the morning I photo-recorded our backdrop for the next 4 days! A setting just doesn't get much nicer than this.
Richard came back up and the four sibs slipped on some sib shirts contributed by Tink: Beccie: I'm the oldest, I make the rules, Richard and TInk: I'm the middle, I'm the reason we had rules, Ella, I'm the youngest, the rules don't apply to me.
All day long, as we settled in, I photo'd the rally arrivals.
After driving in and setting up camp some spent time decorating their campsite. We had a contest going with a west coast rally of Podders at Deception Pass in California, and the challenge was to light up the campground with decorations.
Some people had more unpacking to do than other people. Here is Tink's picnic table, waiting to be unloaded . . . she was under a deadline to have it cleared by walking taco time!
So what is a walking taco -- and how is it made??? Basically it is the same as a regular taco, all made up in a fritos bag! Start with an individual sized bag of fritos.
Add your favorite taco trappings: meat sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, onions, salsa, olives, and cheese. Add to the bag with the chips and stir and mix . . . then add a little more!
The last step is the most important -- walk around the campsite and eat and greet your walking taco peeps!
There was still a few hours of daylight -- just enough for our first drive in the mountains. Out of the campground we drove to the "Y" and took the right fork for a 7-mile trip back to Cades Cove. On the way we ran into a bear jam -- lots of cars stopped and pulled over and people out and shooting . . . uhh, photoing. Cindy jumped out of our van with my camera and got these pictures of a mother bear and her year-old cub.
We started the cove loop road, but with daylight growing short, we took the short route cutting through the middle via Sparks Lane. Tom was the firemaster, and we got back just at the right time for him to light the first campfire. Give me a couple days and then be sure to come back to see the next edition of the Spring Fling '15.
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