Around four o'clock Tuesday, we pulled out of Danny's shop that is located behind the Pilot Station in Waynesville, N. C. and headed to Mt. Pisgah National Forest campgrounds. It was a fairly short drive and we were settled before the sun dropped behind the mountains. We had a bite to eat and fell into bed thoroughly physically and mentally exhausted.
Wednesday greeted me with cool temperatures and sunshine. John slept. I think he was a bit depressed and embarrassed. I let him work through it in his own way and time. I fixed my breakfast and the dogs and I went for a long, long walk.
It was strange, The only animals I saw was 2 squirrels. And only one bird ventured my way! So much for bear country.
I thoroughly enjoyed the walking up and down the paths. It is the exercise I need now that I am living wheat / gluten free. A month ago, I would not have been able to complete such a hike! Who needs wheat, rye or barley? Not me! That "stuff" is poison to me.
We stayed one more night and then yesterday (Friday) heading for our present location, The Old Mill RV Park in Townsend, Tennessee. The park is located on the Little River and is at a dam where the mill was located.
Today we went to explore the Tuckaleechee Caverns a AAA top-rated cave in the Kentucky, Tennessee area. We trekked the mile long underground pathways viewing the stalactites, stalagmites and the large creek that runs through the cave.
In addition the Tuckaleechee Caverns house seismic equipment that monitors earthquakes throughout the world. The equipment was built by Nanometrics and is embedded in solid bedrock, which gives it a more accurate reading. It can be viewed in the visitors center. Today, all was quiet around the world, but Turkey's earthquake made the needles dance. The equipment only indicates an earthquake, not the location.
I was totally awed by the size of some of the rooms. One room was the length of a football field. Another room had a multi-story waterfall.
How did we fare? John had to stop often to breathe and there were times that i was thankful that he made those stops! The climbing was a stretch, but really good for us. We can tell that we have lost
some of our umph since returning from the southwest in the spring.
We hope to head back to the SW the first of December, so we have a lot of walking to do. At least the heat and humidity is gone making it possible for John to be outside.
Tomorrow morning we are off to Muphresboro, TN to a fiber festival and whatever else floats our boat. We are slowly inching our way home for my Wednesday appointment with the cast removal and to see Dr. DiLella of Ortho Indy, my hand surgeon.