|Nantahala National Forest - Appletree Creek
|December 31, 2006
|High: 51-60, Low: 41-50 degrees Fahrenheit
|It was cloudy this morning, but not raining at the cabin when we finished breakfast. The ladies decided to head into town for some groceries and they took the kids with them. The Camel, Operator, and I decided to take a drive to the Appletree Campground near the Nantahala Gorge and check out a few trails there. By the time we hit the locked gate at the campground, it was pouring. So we threw on the rain jackets and headed up the main road until we found a trail to the left that followed Appletree Creek (Trail 19B) up the ridge for 2.2 miles to a junction with Laurel Creek (Trail 19F). We contemplated looping back to our truck, but it was raining so hard that another two hours in the rain was unappealing. So we backtracked to the locked gate, then drove to the NOC at Wesser and had a hot lunch with some cold beers. The restaurant was surprisingly busy, but we just missed an opportunity to check out the outdoor store which closed early for New Year’s Eve.