Meeting all those RVing women was a lot of fun; Georgia was heavily represented in this meet-up, but Texas got the most volume. I learned things:
1) you might accidentally find your class of '74 college roommate at an RVing women meet-up
2) puttin' your boots in the oven don't make you a biscuit.
Karen is a local, and she showed us an area that she thought we'd enjoy. We do! A cheerful little stream runs right past the Duck's bill, and there is forest all around. I wanted to be able to use our iPad app that lets us send our exact location to friends via email. So, this morning I wandered out into the road in my pajamas to see if I could get any 3G signal, but then I thought I heard a car coming. I saw the whole thing through their eyes: Yankee drives enormous RV deep into the national forest so she can look for Internet. Y'all. I ran behind a tree.
These are things I have already learned about a mountain forest:
1) dawn comes early, but sunrise comes late
2) the creeks stay on all night
3) there is no Internet
It was sad to say goodbye to Darlene and Nicole - I got attached to them like a Georgia tick in a town without Vick's. I hadn't imagined meeting new people to have to say goodbye to.
Blogger says I can email this post, including pictures. I'm skeptical.
(ETA: I was right to be skeptical. I added these shots manually.)