Sunday, March 29, 2009

Life is better when camping! (Part 2)

We left for the 2nd part of our spring break Thursday morning. We went back to River Rats at the Ocoee. Only this time we didn't have to set our tents up under the Pavillion! Travis and Jason tried to run the river that day but it was low. They only made it to Double Suck before they got out.

Friday Jason and I took Tully on a trail in the woods at the whitewater center. Everyone else showed up throughout the day and night. Friday night was super cold. We woke up Saturday morning to a heavy frost. But as soon as the sun came out it was a nice day. Saturday was the first release of the Ocoee. The girls, the kids, and I went the put in to see everyone off.

Future Kayakers!

Then we hung out at the whitewater center for awhile. The boys had fun throwing rocks. After that we went back to camp for lunch and to let the boys nap.

Saturday night we lad a low country boil. It was wonderful. It had shrimp, corn, potatoes, onions, and hard boiled eggs. Charlie even made a peach cobbler for dessert.

Our spring break came to an end Sunday. It was so much fun. Good eats! Good company! And I am still the Yatzee champion!...

Here a few other great pictures from our tip.

Life is better when camping!

Jason and I had a great Spring Break. We spent just about the entire week camping. We started at River Rats at the Ocoee Friday night. There was a threat of heavy rain throughout the weekend so we set up camp under the pavilion.

Our New Tent! It has 2 Doors!

Lori, Anthony, and Cutler's tent with a hinge door!

Travis' Hammock

For the most part, the weather wasn't too bad. We had some rain on Saturday and a down-pour on Monday. We were able to have a fire every night though. It was cold at night, but warmed up most days.

Travis and Jason went to run the ledges of the Tellico on Saturday. Sunday was a beautiful day. We all went to the Tellico. Jason and Travis ran the ledges again. This was the day Travis swam after Baby Falls.

Jason going over Baby Falls

Travis going over Baby Falls

Sunday night we had fried bass, french fries, and hush puppies. It is o good! Lori now knows that this is a staple when she comes camping with us.

Monday we said good-bye to Lori, ANthony, and Cutler. We packed up camp and headed over to camp at the Tellico.

View from our campsite.

View of Bald River Falls

Tuesday Josh met up with Jason and Travis for his first Tellico run. The three of them ran the ledges of the Tellioco.

Josh's 1st Run down Baby Falls

Jason going down Baby Falls again!

Wednesday we packed up and headed home to feed the cats, do laundry, and re-pack for the second part of our spring break!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Sorry it took so long..

.for an update. Well, we got back from our spring break adventure Sunday afternoon. We had alot to do but just decided to wash some work clothes and that's all. I have got the best wife in the world. She is truly a treasure. She and I slept in our tent all but one night of spring break. I am so lucky that Megan likes to camp. I love her so much. So we spent the week doing laundry and cleaning camping gear.
I want to give props to my paddling budddy Travis C. without him along I would not have got to paddle as much as we did. He is an awesome paddler and great friend. Hopefully sometime this weekend Megan can post a full trip report with pictures. I will let her do that,shes much better at it than I am. She took some great pictures of me going over the falls.

Later...for now

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Spring Break is almost here..

Today after work we begin packing up for our spring break camping trip. We plan on being gone most of the week. We will spend Friday -Monday at River Rats at the Ocoee. The ocoee is not turned on yet so Travis and I will paddle the Tellico this weekend and camp with Lori and Anthony. After Monday its up in the air. We will be back at River Rats Thursday for Tellico and then Ocoee. Our group will be huge for the ocoee release. All my TSRA friends will be there. I am really looking forward to great friends and and warm campfires. Stay tuned for trip reports.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Big South Fork...

is a beautiful place. A few of my buddies and I paddled there yesterday. We did whats called the canyon. It has several class 3 rapids in a two mile section of river. The shuttle is only two miles as well. That makes it possible to do several laps in a day. Yesterday we did two laps. The weather was fantastic. There is nothing like paddling inTennessee inMarch. Here are a few pics from our day.

Friday, March 6, 2009


Friday. And can you believe it ?!?! Its gonna be nice tomorrow. I will be taking my new Hero to the river. Its either going to be LRC in Alabama or the Big South Fork. I cant wait. Check back for details

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Well, Mother Nature blessed us with one last day of snow. We actually had 3-4 inches of snow, which is more that any of the other times this year. Unfortunately, the sun came out and melted most of it away. I guess that is how it goes in March in TN. Here is a look at what it looked like this morning.

Jason and I took Tully for a walk this morning on the trails in the woods by our house. Tully loved it! He ran far ahead of us and then would run back to make sure we were following him. Then he would take off again. Take a look at some of our pics from the woods.

I always look forward to winter and snow. I am like a kid in the candy store when it snows, but I am ready for Spring. I am ready for the grass to grow and the flowers to bloom. I am ready to see all the baby birds in the backyard. I am ready to start grilling out again. Hopefully, this was the last of snow for awhile.

~ Megan