|Hike Name:||South Cumberland Recreation Area - Savage Falls|
|Trip Date:||January 19, 2008|
|Trip Weather:||Sunny, Partly Sunny, Partly Cloudy, Cloudy|
|Trip Precipitation:||Rain, Showers, Snow|
|Trip Temperature:||High: 31-40, Low: 0-10 degrees Fahrenheit|
|Trip Report:||Saturday (1/19/08) – Black Crowe was running late this morning which was a good thing. Neither Hannibal nor I were ready for the scheduled 7:15am arrival. Black Crowe finally rolled into the neighborhood around 8:15am and he/I put on the Skybox on my SUV to give us some more room inside the truck. Rebel was joining us for this trip, and space was at a premium. Picked Hannibal up at 9am after he returned from a morning trip to WalMart for wind/rain pants. He immediately sacked out in the back seat as Black Crowe and I drove through snow/sleet/rain headed for Savage Gulf. Atlanta was due to get 1-2" of snow today, but we were just north of the storm and missed it all together. Hannibal sprung for gas and food on the drive to the trailhead, and we were on the trail just after noon.
Hiked about two miles to the Savage Falls Campsites and immediately pitched camp and collected some firewood. Between the three of us, we managed an impressive pile and needed every bit of it as the low was forecast at 14 degrees tonight - with wind chill at about 1 degree. Spent the rest of the afternoon hiking down to Savage Falls and then back up to the rim trail which had great views of the falls and of the ravine from an overlook at Rattlesnake Point. Made it back to the campsite at dusk, and enjoyed one of Black Crowe's PBR's as we cranked up the fire. Darkness came quickly, so we cooked up dinner and enjoyed some drinks and tobacco around the fire. By 10pm, it was damn cold and even the dog was burrowed in his sleeping bag in the tent. So we called it a night after boiling some water to throw in the sleeping bags.
Sunday (1/20/08) – Black Crowe woke up this morning around 5:30am and decided to get a fire burning. It didn't take much effort and both Hannibal and I were quite please to have it blazing by the time we rolled out of the sleeping bag around 8am. Black Crowe tried to get water at dawn, but the water bag was frozen solid and was not budging. So we boiled water for hot chocolate and decided to hike out for breakfast at a nearby Waffle House. It took us about an hour to pack up, and about another hour to reach the trailhead. Sat at the counter for breakfast, then drove three hours back to Atlanta by 2:30pm.