We snuck up to Cataloochee Valley this weekend in the GSMNP for an overnighter. It was a family affair again. We walked 1.7 miles, my daughters longest backpacking trip to date. Good weather, mid 80's with a breeze cooling into the 60's at night. No fireflies to speak of, certainly nothing like we saw in May.
My wife's pack was 13.8 lbs, mine was 20.3 lbs and my daughters was SUL at 1.2 lbs. Her pack included her white bunny "Lucy", "Bie" blanky, Silver Mist toothbrush, Princess toothpaste and Princess writing pad.
I of course carry her bag, our tent Lightheart Duo, etc...
We walked about .2 of a mile up the trail and saw Elk #20 feeding. She didn't seem to mind us at all, almost enjoyed having her photo made.
Bought this tent recently and I like most things about it. The views are amazing! It is a 1 year option for my family as we'll out grow the space by next summer. I already have a MLD Super Mid fund going. However, for two it is a great tent. Easy to set up, can't speak for its storm worthiness but we didn't have any condensation issues this trip. We had one side completely open and the other side half open.
This is my first GSMNP trout. I was using my Tenkara Iwana, mainly bow casting on the tiny creek. With family duties I only fished about 40 minutes and caught two bows. This was the first. I was fishing a green inch worm.
The highlights of the trip were seeing the elk and a small black bear. I was the only one that saw the bear. He was running up a hill about 100 yards in front of us. I caught a glimpse of his middle section and hind legs. My guess would be he was about 80-110 lbs. We also saw fresh bear p00p further up the trail.
My daughter can throw rocks into the creek for hours and one over zealous throw caused her to fall into the creek. She was rolling in camp wearing sleeping stuff most of the trip.
Campsite 39 showed some use and one set of the bear cables was busted. The other set worked great. For a campsite close to the road and on a major horse route it was a nice area.
As always we had a great trip.