Monday, February 1, 2016

Winter Hammocking - Hot Springs North Carolina


 
"Cold! If the thermometer had been an inch longer we'd have frozen to death."     -- Mark Twain

With the winter storm approaching we headed to Mt. Rogers in SW Virginia to do some hammock camping.  After driving for about 10 hours I started setting up my hammock when a Ranger pulled up and told me to hold up.  Evidently the Gov of Virginia made a decision to close all State Parks in Virginia for the storm.   So after about an hour talking with friends and coming up with an alternative plan we jumped in our cars and drove another 3 hours to Hot Springs, North Carolina.  Arriving after dark we setup, and opted to walk into town for a meal.  The next couple of days we took a few short hikes, visited the outfitter, did lots of cooking and eating, and played around with our hammock settings, insulation, etc.  I was greatly looking forward to Mt. Rogers but I have to say it was nice camping on the banks of the French Broad River.  We spent 3 nights camping and received about 6-8 inches of snow.  I enjoyed the snow, but I am ready for the spring. 


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