Sorry for my absence but we've been on vacay. Spent 5 days and 4 nights in a delightful little campground called Cave Mountain Lake. Since we arrived on Monday night, there was almost no one there and we had this phenomenally beautiful, clear, cool lake all to ourselves. We couldn't believe it, it was almost spooky. What a refreshing treat after weeks in the 90's down here in the low lands, it was humid there but the highs were in the low 80's and at night it cooled off enough to put on long pants. A sweet little stream burbled past our campsite serenading us each night.
Classic smoky mountain view from the AT in the James River Face Wilderness
We took several hikes that tested our metal- I forgot that hiking in the Appalachians is a pretty much up and down affair, but we were proud of ourselves for still having what it takes, at least for a few miles with only a day pack, actual backpacking might be out of the question anymore, at least in that terrain.
This last picture pretty much says it all, me blissing out on my back in the calm, cool water, taking in the sky and clouds, chillin'. I'd give anything to have a lake like this near my house.