Badlands…better late then never ;)

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So here I am in the Cedar Pass Campground in the Badlands National Park.  South Dakota could easily power their entire state with the amount and sun and wind they have here. Too bad the people in power love money and oil.

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I went to see Mount Rushmore Monument and Crazy Horse Monument this morning. I think I was more impressed with the Crazy Horse Monument because it is not funded by the government and it’s really something the Native Americans are creating to maintain their place in history. I guess I have more respect for that one, they are using the money they collect to educate Native Americans as well as work on the carving.  In the book I’ve been reading by Zinn, the People’s History of the United States, I’ve been reading the chapter on what we as a government/people did to the native Americans. And yes I knew we weren’t kind, but seeing the numbers and how we broke treaties before the ink was dry was disgusting and very depressing. Mount Rushmore was impressive for the artistry of the carvings, but maybe I’ve seen it so often in pictures that it just doesn’t appear as grand as I thought it would.

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So here I am waiting til tomorrow to go into Badlands National Park, the campground is officially part of the park but we are on the prairies more than inside where the actual park begins.  I’m surrounded by huge greyhound bus RVs…running their stupid generators or whatever they do to keep charged up.  Let’s just say it is loud and ruining the feel 😉  Unfortunately they don’t have to shut them off for another hour and twenty minutes….OMG! Just as I wrote that they turned it off 😉 Bugger! Now I can hear the other ones still running…but at least it isn’t as loud!

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It is supposed to have a thunder storm tonight and I’m contemplating putting a heavier tarp over my tent, but seriously with the wind here it is hard to keep anything tied down. I didn’t unwrap my sleeping bag because how it is only supposed to be like 63 tonight….not worth trying to reroll it and fit it back into it’s tiny bag 😉

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It’s kind of funny on this trip…I’m basically homeless, so my last day at a place is spent searching for wi-fi to figure out where I’m going next 😉 I’ve slept in my car I think 3 nights so far…and I think with Yellowstone being so busy and a first come first serve I’ll probably end up doing it again 😉 It’s kind of surprising to realize I’ve been on the road over a month now. It hasn’t really seemed that long, well except that I really need to find a barber to shave my head! I do miss chatting with everyone, I’m guessing Tech Services is really quiet without me there 😉 Today I found myself talking to my body parts…I was walking to a store when my left toe started hurting…so I asked it what could be bothering it since I haven’t done anything to it…then my right toe started to hurt…so I asked it oh you too??  I guess that is to be expected 😉 Though arguing with my GPS might be going too far 😉  It really likes taking me on state routes while I prefer interstates…so if I’m not paying attention it will revert to the one it wants! Which is what it did to me today on my way here.

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So far there have been animals to be aware of at each park…we’ve had bears, alligators, and here are rattlesnakes and bison 🙂 But I rarely see any animals, though a couple really odd looking yellow breasted birds just flew around my camp a few minutes ago. I tried taking pictures of birds in Rocky Mountains and learned a whole new appreciation for the patience those photographers have. When I was cooking dinner last week in the Rocky Mountains I was thinking to myself…here I’m leaving tomorrow and I haven’t seen hardly any wildlife.  I heard a noise and looked to my right and there was a little deer eating the grass between my tent and my neighbors, he was only like 20 feet away. He didn’t seem to concerned so I just kept cooking.

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Well next day here now…I’m sitting in my tent after exploring all day. First off the storm was a doozy! By a bad decision on my part my tent opening was facing south…which put the larger sides facing east and west. The storm came in hard and heavy from the west…didn’t get much sleep because the tarp kept coming loose on one side and I’d have to go tighten it down so I wouldn’t loose it 🙂 Then because the wind was hitting the side of my tent direct on and I’d forgotten to put the corner stakes out…I kept getting woken up with that side of the tent pressing against me. And this is not a small tent so it was basically collapsing one side of the tent.  So between flapping tarps, side of the tent collapsing and rain, thunder and lightning…I didn’t get much sleep. Around 5am I remembered the corner stakes SMH and got up and put them up on that side of the tent, helped tremendously 🙂 So I came out of the storm unscathed but just tired.

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So when I finally got up, I decided to take a drive around the park…supposedly they have a ‘loop’ where you can see a good portion of the park…just not into the southern section which is run as part of an active Indian reservation, I believe the Lakota. So I did a couple small trails and was impressed with the scenery.  It was like a really big outdoor Carlsbad Caverns. Which is kind of exactly what it is…I had no idea there was huge swaths of water millions of years ago in this area, but that is what caused the starting of this area as well as the high winds which shifted ash from volcanos and sediment from surrounding areas to create this crazy landscape. I read somewhere that they have used this park in some movies to represent alien landscapes and I can really see that. Personally I was more impressed by the sheer magnitude of this park…the grasslands as far as the eye can see were gorgeous. Then these crazy buttes…can’t imagine what first settlers thought when they saw these things.

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So I did climb a “moderate” listed trail at the Saddle Pass Trail, it was a straight up climb basically…took picture of my shoes on it so you guys know I actually climbed up that hill, look for the pictures before and after the pictures of my shoes to see the paths. After that I figured I’d done enough so just spent the rest of the day driving around looking at scenic overlooks and then over into the Sage Creek area where most of the wildlife was. Fell madly in love with the little Prairie Dogs…there must be a million of those little mounds where they dig their holes. And they would climb out of their hole and get on their back feet then chatter away at each other! They were really cute. I could have spent hours out there taking their pictures. The Bison weren’t real game to come near the road so I only got a couple pictures of them closer up…though I did see their huge prints in the mud where they wandered past the road a couple times. Maybe I’ll have better luck with bison at Yellowstone.  Remember more pictures are on my Facebook page…

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Yellowstone

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I found a love I didn’t know I had while at Yellowstone National Park, riding a horse 🙂  I did several 1 and 2 hour rides through the valley where Roosevelt Lodge is…and I learned my duck feet (where ones hips/legs are at an angle so your knees point outwards as well as your feet) are good for something…I sit on a horse very easily.  I loved it.  The first two trips they put me on a breed of horse called a Haflinger, they are short and stout as I told the horses and the wranglers just like me 😉  Then the last trip they put me on a pretty tall horse, which is the horse in this picture…

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His name was Highfalutin, or Flute for short.  The other two I rode was Porky and Jim.  Porky was a blast, anxious to get going…they were all well trained to follow the path and the horse in front of them.  But Porky was in a hurry and the horse in front of us wasn’t going fast enough for Porky so he bit the horse in front and that horse then kicked us 😉  The kick barely tapped my foot so all was well 🙂  Then I rode Jim, he was very relaxed and docile and cute when I would pull the reins to stop him he’d turn his head and look at me as if to question what was I thinking!  Then my last trip was the one on Flute, and boy was it tall compared to the other two!  He had quite an attitude, though he was probably my favorite horse.  Not only did I get to have fun on the ride, he also kicked the horse behind him and jumped out of line to try to attack one of the wrangler’s horses!  Seems he had an issue with that horse.  I definitely would like to take horse riding lessons I think on my journey, too bad it isn’t something one my age could turn into a vocation 🙂

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So Yellowstone was a pretty interesting place, rather more commercialized than I prefer but still a beautiful and HUGE place.  I was camped in Mammoth Campground which is in the North West of the park and barely explored the northern most parts of the park… some of the central but didn’t even get to explore the southern areas.  I would go out exploring in my car and then I’d have to take into consideration it would take almost 3 hours to get back to my camp…it was crazy!  My campsite was full of ground squirrels, they were almost as adorable as the prairie dogs 🙂  I repeat, I would never have given popcorn to a ground squirrel in a National Park…NEVER…

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I also got to see elks, deer, bear and bison.  Unfortunately my camera battery was dead when I saw the baby black bear 😦  The elk was in the campground and I was a little afraid it was going to charge my car as it was staring at me in the road and started shaking her head at me 😉  Luckily it didn’t.  I’d seen bison all over, but people would stop in the road to watch them blocking traffic for everyone else 😦   Wildlife stalking I guess….  Finally on my last day I ran into the experience of the bison walking along the road blocking traffic 🙂  They walked right by my car window…was pretty cool 🙂

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I had no idea that the park was basically created by volcanos underneath it…hence the thermal pools and geysers.  God did they stink!  But the blue of the water in the pools was the most amazing color.

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So now I’m in Utah…was a hell of a ride getting out of Yellowstone because the storm hit and sleet was coming down like crazy…followed me all the way into Idaho!  Here was a neat picture I took while driving 80 miles an hour down highway 15 🙂  Remember I post all the pictures on my Facebook site.  I’m off to Xion or Bryce Canyon National Park next…depending which one I can get a campsite in…they are all booked up so I’m hoping I can get in with the first come/first serve thing…

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Rocky Mountains and back into the snow!

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OK I’ve been on the road a little over a month.  The purpose was to see beautiful scenery, meet up with friends, look for opportunities to protest, and last but not least look for anything that would make this all worthwhile.  I have seen beautiful scenery, met up with friends…no opportunities so far with any activism.  So what about the final one?  No idea yet.  So far I’ve run over a dead deer’s head or feet…no clue which because it was really late, really dark, and he was already dead lying in the middle of the road in New Mexico and I was going 75 miles an hour!  I’ve seen someone’s back tire blow up while they were passing me going over 75 miles per hour, that was kind of scary but they handled it well.  I experienced my first dust devil, it was a tiny bit freaky cuz it was dust so you couldn’t really see but I could sure hear the pebbles hitting my car!  I met some people teaching their child at what is sure to be a church school that god created everything in 7 days…I saw her quiz… ;(  I had a couple younger folks say they liked my Bernie Sanders t-shirt, and someone my age also.  I overheard a 20 something talking about how the dollar is trading better overseas because of Trump.  And I’ve seen lots of white middle class Americans coming to National Parks, dragging their kids with them, walking fast so as to keep themselves in shape…not really sure if they actually looked at the beauty around them.  I’ve seen older white middle class RV’s travelling across the country, I imagine it could be an enjoyable retirement.  Though I doubt there will be many more of those with the middle class shrinkage.  So yah I’ve talked to some people, did a lot of people and nature watching…and since I didn’t have TV at home when I stayed in hotels I watched TV.  And that right there scares me the most about the future of our country.  When I stayed with a friend, his friends invited us to come down and watch the finale of Survivor.  I’ve never watched that show before and I was shocked these really religious folks would love a show that basically glorifies lying and manipulation.  So no the last question has no answer at this time.
So I’m sitting here in the Rocky Mountains National Park, no internet to be found 😉  Big mountains and pine trees are my view as I write this…the mountains even have snow on the tops.  I slipped and slid through melting snow to see Bear Lake and Alberta Falls.
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The idea of step in someone else’s footprints only works on the trail.  I went off trail a little to get a picture of the lake when the foot print I stepped in had melted below and my leg went in and I was standing crotch high in snow.  Luckily a tree was nearby so I could use it for leverage.  Eighth of a mile never seems that bad…until you are walking back and the easy downhill climb suddenly becomes a horrific uphill climb!
Rocky Mountains recently got hit with an invasive species of a mountain beetle that caused them to have to cut down and burn lots of trees…such a shame.  Not that the place still isn’t beautiful, just sad that the trees around look so young…probably happened recently by the size of them.  They just opened the Trail Road because of weather…it was closed all of winter and they just opened it.  They have a picture of the campground from May 23rd showing how the entire campground was covered in snow.  So tomorrow I plan on making at least part if not all of that 48 mile road, supposed to have some great views.  At it’s highest point it is almost 13,000 feet.  It is the longest, highest paved road in the United States.  Please see my Facebook to see the great pictures of the Rocky Mountains.
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The views during the drive were fantastic…as you know if you looked at them over on my Facebook account 😉  The trail I wanted to hike unfortunately was snowed over and I’ve never been on skis in my life 😉  But I did climb this little hill called Rock Cut…snow was up to about the knees…boy was I out of breath at the top!  It was funny seeing all the folks wearing big heavy coats and dressed like we were crossing the Andes or something!  I was wearing a t-shirt and sweats with running shoes.  Only time I got cold was at the top of Rock Cut because that wind was blowing pretty good there and there was a storm on the horizon.
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I’m writing a “rant” blog about things I’ve seen along my journey that drive me nuts 😉  Well more nuts!  I’m still working on it but I’ll try to post it soon.
Next stop is Badlands National Park in South Dakota.

Where have I been…

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So after Pensacola Florida I drove through Alabama and Mississippi then down to New Orleans Louisiana.  That was a total wash out…it rained almost the entire time 😦  So I decided to head up and visit David Daghita who used to work with me at the library.  He was nice enough to let me crash on his cot/couch 😉 in Texarkana, Texas.  Thanks David!  So during that time I decided to take a few hour drive down south to see a town in Texas named Hemphill, that was kind of funny seeing all these buildings with my name on it 😉  Then I hit the road for Guadalupe Mountains on the west side of Texas…it was like a 12 hour drive 😦  Damn Texas is big and boring!  I ended up sleeping in my car because the campgrounds were full.

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From there I went to go see Carlsbad Caverns which was fun but I didn’t realize when I said sure I’ll walk down I was agreeing to walk 800 feet down!  But I saw the whole caverns, unfortunately I took the wrong lens for my camera so the pictures weren’t great 😦

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It was too early in the afternoon to stick around for the nightly bat flight….which is a shame because I’ve heard it is pretty great.  Instead I drove on across New Mexico to White Sands National Monument.  I’ve been there before and loved the feel of the cool sand on my feet so since I got there kind of late I took the sunset stroll across the sands the Park Rangers provide.  It was beautiful as well as interesting.  I learned that the white sand is cool to the touch because it is gypsum and it holds the water from below it.

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After that I figured I’d head over to Las Cruces to get a hotel or something…but the pricing was too much so I figured I’d drive on up to Albuquerque.  So I ended up sleeping in my car again 😉  Had my first border check on the southern border, I don’t think they appreciated me asking “Border Patrol”?” then kind of laughing 😉  The dog sniffed my car and away I went 🙂  Albuquerque was nice, had a fantastic lunch while waiting to check into the hotel.  It was at a place called Claim Jumpers, fantastic! 🙂
I was originally going to go to the Sand Dunes in Colorado, but the campgrounds were full also, so I went on up to Rocky Mountains…boy that was one long drive!  Now let me say comparing a couple of the big cities I drove through….Dallas Texas is insane, those guys drive entitled and majorly aggressive…they will just cut in front of you with no notice!  But then I got to Denver Colorado…first off avoid interstate 25 during the week 😉  But now these drivers are entitled as well…but they must all be stoned there because they will turn on their signal to cut in front of you…then take forever to finally do it!

This was a late blog post, so I’ll be posting two tonight…next one is about my trip to the Rocky Mountains!

Rambling from a sunburnt cretin…

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I’m sitting in my car in Pensacola Florida at Fort Pickens campground, why am I sitting in my car?  The site I got has absolutely no shade!  And I’m sunburnt from my time in Port St Joe the last couple of days.  These campgrounds are like an underground culture…retired middle class folks living out of RVs and traveling from campground to campground.  I’ve met a few, and they have been very nice.  But it makes me wonder what will happen to this culture as we continue to loose the middle class.  At the other campground the folks camping next to me were reading an Ann Coulter book out loud while I was lying in my tent…needless to say they weren’t to friendly with me 😉   But at this campground I met a nice couple from PA who have been travelling for 8 years, then last night met a couple from CN who visit all the nudist beaches along the coast… that came up because of how sunburnt I was.  He said he had learned from a young age at nudist camps about not getting sunburnt…no doubt!
I enjoyed getting into the ocean and just experiencing the waves.  Though now I have to swim with a shirt and hat on because my shoulders and back are really red and my nose definitely has the Rudolph look.  I’ve been reading A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn, I had never read it before but when I heard of some legislature in a southern state demanding that it not be taught in school…well I just had to read it 😉  It has been kind of sad to have the blinders removed regarding the founding fathers and the Constitution.  But when you examine all Zinn provides it really points out how we have been fighting income inequality forever…when the people with power write the laws…poor people never have a chance.  So far it’s been an eye opener for me to see that what I thought was a bunch of guys fighting for freedom it was actually a bunch of rich guys trying to protect their wealth and power from other rich guys.  Oh and to keep the poor down.  Sound familiar?  Yah everyone should read this book.
I’m heading to New Orleans tomorrow…not really sure what I’ll be going to see, but the guy I met from PA told me Washington Square and Café Du Monde for beignets was a must so I’ll be checking those out.  So far in my journey I’ve been disappointed…I feel like so much of life I’m seeing is very superficial…it’s hard to explain.  Everyone is very self centered in that they don’t seem to see that they are part of a bigger picture…community is such a nice concept…but I feel as if it is holding people back from truly engaging at a larger scale.  And that they don’t even want to.  Why do I think people should engage at a larger scale?  I don’t know…I just have always felt that there are so many large scale problems in the country or world that need to be fixed or at least have a light shined upon and if folks always just look at the little stuff…community issues etc. nothing will ever happen.  It’s almost like a distraction to keep people content in their little worlds while someone is destroying the whole thing.  I look at things where other countries have mass protests regarding injustices…but we turn our protests into parades, marches, rallies…with permits and limitations to where, when, how many etc. and it just seems like we are cattle controlled and it means or does nothing.  Reading in Zinn’s book that a hero of mine Sam Adams used to speak of keeping the mobs down…it just strikes me that of course those in power want to keep the mobs down…keep them quiet and striving to survive those in power can just ignore us and keep doing what they do.  Even Jefferson when he talked about the blood of patriots regarding rebellions against governments wasn’t even in the country when they were happening.  If you always do what those in power want…nothing will ever change.  But maybe we in the United States are too far gone to ever break the chains against income inequality.
So anyway sorry about the tangent 😉  Maybe if I’m lucky I can find a confederate statue to help bring down while in New Orleans…

About me…

Beware of a lengthy post about me!

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So who is Jarath Hemphill?  One of the biggest things that sets me apart is being transgender, so we will start with that little bit of me.  It’s always funny because people act like they know more about something I’m going through than me!  Most doctors don’t even really understand it, they certainly do not know what causes it.  One of my favorite explanations is that while in the womb for some reasons the body gets washed in the wrong hormone at the wrong time.  So the brain is created with the internal thought processes of the gender that is opposite of the genitals.  It seems to make the most sense to me.  There is also discussion regarding DNA…but no real clear cut theory there…yet.

So basic generic view is that the brain and the body are not congruent regarding gender.  Now let’s first clarify regaring the fact that gender and sexual orientation are two different things, Gender is who you identify as….as in male or female or somewhere in between (if you don’t believe me look up innersex), while sexual orientation is who you are attracted to…two different things. So where was I…the body and the brain are incongruent, which means the brain believes it is one gender while the body displays the opposite.  So in my instance, my genitals reflected female, but my brain feels male.  So how can a brain feel a gender?  How do we know what gender we are at birth?  Are we to believe that just because your parents call you a girl and society treats you like a girl…what if your brain said that isn’t right?  At a young age you don’t understand the concept, at least for me I didn’t.  I just know I hated  doing the female gender roles, the most common thing I remember hearing growing up is “girls don’t do that”.  So you might think well that’s just a problem of society forcing gender roles on people, but it is more than that.  I remember hating wearing dresses, we found an old school picture of me for a choral group I was in…they had forced us to wear pastel dresses…and I was pissed!  You could tell me right away, sitting in front with my arms crossed and an angry look on my face.  It pretty much felt no matter what I did it was never right with the world.

Looking back through transgender glasses, I think I knew something wasn’t right I just didn’t know what it was.  I once told one of my therapists that I felt very shallow, and I think this partially had to do with the fact that I’ve always been pretending who I am.  I mean I don’t think it was a conscious thing, I think I just knew that who I was was wrong somehow.  So I pretended a lot.  I remember the first penis I saw, I was around 11 years old when my cousin Debbie showed a picture torn out from a porn magazine.  I was fascinated.  Not because I was attracted to it, though I guess sexually I was, it just felt like something I wanted.  I remember Brian once told me I have penis envy…and I told him OF COURSE I DO!  So did I understand then?  Nope.  I was very promiscious in high school, it wasn’t even beause I enjoyed sex, I just felt it was something I should do.  I did enjoy it to a degree, but not until I started transitioning did I understand why it wasn’t satisfying for me…I was doing it wrong.  I should have been the top in simplistic terms, having intercourse with someone not the other way around.  Anyway being bisexual meant that I didn’t feel this huge pressure to conform.  I mean if I was a female attracted only to females then I’d have faced a lot more pressure to conform and that might have pushed me sooner to realize the transgender situation.  I know Chaz Bono mentioned something like this in his book.

So basically clueless when young, clueless while young adult, and clueless until middle aged.  I’d always had body image problems, I’d look in the mirror and I’d see my sister or my mom…which felt totally wrong for me.  I’d try working out but the wrong muscles would change, or so it seemed to me.  I’d get fat and my breasts would just bother me more.  I was in a relationship with a great guy, but I just could never feel comfortable, complete, or content.

I like to blame Brian for what flipped the switch 😉  We were working together, and becoming friends, when a graphic novel came through…I think it was called “Afterschool nightmare”  There were like 10 books in the series, for something we started reading it together to make ourselves laugh.  It’s a story about a boy whose upper body is male, but his bottom half is female.  He’s in high school and lots of wierd stuff happens.  It was a fun series so I won’t ruin it for anyone!  Needless to say we started reading the series and one day Brian told me “You are a gay guy in a woman’s body” as a joke because I really liked the gay scenes in the series.  For some reason that statement stayed with me for quite some time.  I just couldn’t put it down.  The longer I kept turning is around in my head the more and more it seemed to make sense.  Around that time Chaz Bono came out about being transgender.  It didn’t put a big light bulb over my head…TADA!  Nope, but it gave me a name and a story.

I contacted a co-worker to ask her husband who was a psychologist about questions regarding gender identity.  He gave me a couple of names without asking a qustion, which I really appreciated.  So I was in therapy for a couple years before I decided to transition.

Up until the actual transition I was always worried that I was wrong or confused or all the other things people like to say about transgender people.  But within weeks of  starting the Testosterone I felt such an amazing change.  Prior to the transition I had what they call hormonal migraines, now I think it was my brains way of responding to the wrong hormone 😉  I also had very bad anger issues during menustration.  The migraines stopped and I suddenly felt so much calmer than I ever had before.  I used to really hate how emotional and angry I’d get during menustration, it just felt like I was out of control and frustrating.  Suddenly it was gone, I felt calm, I felt in control, I felt so much better than I ever had before…I remember thinking ‘This is how I’m supposed to feel!’.  A year later I got my top surgery.  Because it was not covered under insurance it ended up costing me over $12,000 including having to travel to Florida to get a surgeon who specialized in it.  I remember feeling very excited and a little nervous.  The amazing thing to me was that afterwards I’ve never once even felt like I missed my breasts.  If anything it again felt “right” to me, my chest felt and started looking a lot like what I inately knew it should feel and look like.

What does it mean to me to be transgender?  It means that my brain and body are becoming congruent, and I feel comfortable in my body for the first time in my life.  Best day of my life was when I was in the bathroom at work, washed my hands and glanced up and didn’t think of anything about the person in the mirror.  That was a first for me to look in the mirror and see me.

Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains

I’m sitting here in the great outdoors in the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina.  I did drive through Asheville, NC and it was a very nice pretty college town…but I’m beginning to realize that the reason they are nice liberal towns is because of the college aspect.  Maybe I’ve lived too often in them and so I’ve felt that the US is more liberal than it really is…with some of the things I saw in the southern parts of Virginia 😉  Anyway, the trip was pretty uneventful from Harrisonburg, VA to Deep Creek Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina.  If I hadn’t started so late because of slow Verizon people I might have stopped and done something in Asheville, but by the time I arrived it was getting dark and I decided to push on.  Course I learned the hard way that the GPS on my phone will autofill the location and if you don’t scroll to the right you might not realize it is sending you somehwere other than where you wanted to go.  So I did get a little off track late at night around here, as it tried to send me to the trailhead instead of the campground!  Luckily I realized the mistake before I hit dirt roads 😉  So by the time I got to the campground it was too dark and I was too tired to put my tent up, so I just slept in my car….uncomfortable!  It’s very pretty here, course again I’m arriving at the campground during the week and will have probably moved on before the weekend partiers arrive so also quiet.

I took a walk down the shortest trail and took some pictures, I haven’t posted any pictures here because I can’t figure out how to get WordPress to show them…I’ll have to work on that today. It is pretty hot, which is actually something I was going for.  In Shenandoah National Park, I was up pretty high so it was cooler…too cool in fact when you added in the rain 😉  So for the Smoky Mountains…I wonder if Great is actually part of their official name…any librarians?  I chose a lower elevation so it wouldn’t be so cold and rainy and better internet connection 😉  I plan to stay here for a couple of days and attempt the longer trails heading up to bigger falls then the tiny one I saw today.  I don’t think Yosemite falls have anything to fear from this place 😉  Then I plan on heading south to Atlanta Georgia and see the Georgia Aquarium.

I moved to the car with the pretense that I needed to charge the laptop…truth is the sun moved and my shade went away!  I’ll write more tonight about what I’m feeling on this last leg of the trip later tonight 🙂