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prov·o·ca·tion - something that provokes, arouses, or stimulates. pant - to long eagerly; yearn. a collection of thoughts intended to provoke and inspire. these posts are hoping to encourage people to think, especially Christians, and pant even harder for the waterbrooks of the Lord. If you are not a believer in Christ Jesus, I welcome your perspective and encourage your investigation on these matters.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

For a Glimpse of Majesty

Dan and I are leaving today for a 5-day backpacking trip. In case you might be wondering where we are going, here's the itinerary that I sent to him (a Word doc., so the formatting will be a little off). It's a little detailed, but hey, that's the way I am. Obviously, blogging won't take place, so hope to be back in the saddle early next week. Cheers! Fall Backpackin’ Trip [Thursday, October 13-Monday, October 17] Day One: Thursday, October 13 ~ Weather Forecast: Partly Cloudy High 71 – Low 52 >> Campsite: Cades Cove Campground (1.800.365.CAMP) $17.00 ID# 2298309 :: Reservation #: 4770089 miles traveled: 315 (5 ½ hours) I-64 (75 miles); I-75 (173 miles); I-40 (28 miles); Hwy 129 (15 miles); Hwy 321 (20 miles) Day Two: Friday, October 14 :: Smokies :: ~ Weather Forecast: Sunny High 72 – Low 51

  1. Abrams Falls (7:00 a.m.) 5.0 mi hike Cades Cove Cir. 20 ft. falls
  2. Spruce Flats Falls (10:00 a.m.) 2.0 mi hike Little River Rd. 25 ft. falls
  3. Laurel Falls (1:00 p.m.) 2.6 mi hike Little River Rd 85 ft. falls
  4. Chimney Tops (3:00 p.m.) 4.0 mi hike Newfoundland Gap Rd. (US 441)
  5. Clingsmans Dome (5:00 p.m.) 1.5 mi hike Newfoundland Gap Rd (US 441) to Clingsman Dome Rd
  6. Fontana Lake (7:00 p.m.) no hike NC 28
Total hiking: 15.1 miles >> Campsite: Tsali Campground (828.479.6431)
  • miles traveled: 50 (1 ½ hours)
BRP; 212; US 441 (Newfoundland Gap), NC 28; US 321; Little River Road Day Three: Saturday, October 15 :: Balsam Mountains :: ~ Weather Forecast: Sunny High 69 – Low 45
  1. Blue Ridge Parkway (8:00 a.m.) no hike BRP
  2. Graveyard Fields (10:00 a.m.) 3.2 mi hike BRP 418.8 Upper 120 ft./Lower 60 ft. falls
  3. Devil’s Courthouse (2:00 p.m.) 1.7 mi hike BRP 422.4
  4. Looking Glass Falls (4:00 p.m.) 0.2 mi hike Hwy 276 60 ft. falls
  5. Looking Glass Rock (5:00 p.m.) no hike
Total hiking: 5.1 miles >> Campsite: Shining Rock Wilderness (828.877.3265)
  • miles traveled: 70 (2 hours)
BRP, Hwy 64, NC 1600, NC 106, NC 281, US 176 Day Four: Sunday, October 16 :: Nantahala :: ~ Weather Forecast: Sunny High 65 - Low 39
  • Pearson Falls (8:00 a.m.) 0.3 mi hike US176 90 ft. falls
  • Whitewater Falls (10:00) 0.4 mi hike NC 281 411ft. falls
  • Cullasaja Falls, Dry Falls (2:00) 0.1 mi hike Hwy 64 250 ft. / 120 ft. falls
  • Glenn Falls (3:00) 2.8 mi hike NC 106 180 ft. falls
  • Whiteside Mountain (5:00) 2.0 mi hike NC 1600 Massive crags and cliffs
  • Horespasture Waterfalls 5.6 mi hike NC 281 200 ft. falls (five falls)
Total hiking: 11.2 miles >> Campsite: Van Hook Campground (828.526.5912)
  • miles traveled: 110 (3 hours)
US 176, Hwy 64, NC 281, NC 106, NC 1600 Day Five: Monday, October 17 :: Tennessee/Kentucky :: ~ Weather Forecast: Sunny High 70 Low 54
  1. Ocoee River (7:00 a.m.) no hike Hwy 64 possible cave exploration
  2. Cumberland Falls (2:00 p.m.) 2.2 mi hike 68 ft. falls
miles traveled: 435 (7 ½ hours) Hwy 64 (125 miles); I-75 (155 miles) to Cumberland Falls; I-75 (83 miles); I-64 (75 miles) Total Miles Driven: 980 Total Miles Hiked: 33.6 Total Waterfalls: 18 Total Destinations: 20

3 Comments:

Blogger Brad Hughes said...

I'd like someone from the Provocations and Pantings travel agency division to contact me. This is the most well-thought-out example of the inner workings of the mind of one with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder I have ever seen and I would pay good money for it. Have a great trip and DO NOT get off schedule...:)

10/13/2005 10:38:00 AM

 
Anonymous trae said...

Whiteside mountain is great I hear maybe when you get back you can give me some info and some tips. Have fun

10/13/2005 11:03:00 AM

 
Blogger Timmy said...

Obsessive Compulsive huh? I need to add that to my list (ADD, excessive, insomnia, etc.).
As far as getting off schedule, well I admit I can be anal about that, but I this schedule is the "loaded version" (of which I predict we will do at least 80%). Who knows? Nature brings great inspiration. Maybe we will just pretend we got lost and hang out for a while. Oh wait, my wife would not like that. Sorry.

Brad, by the way, thanks for the advice you have been giving me lately. I truly appreciate it.

Trae, Whiteside is breathtaking. There is a 360 panoramic view at the top of the mountain (approx. 6000 feet) on a trail which allows you to see for hundreds of miles. Simply amazing.

For the first time going outdoors, I will have a camera with me (hence site emphasis versus wilderness packing). Dan and I are hoping to shoot about 10 GB of photos this weekend. Hopefully, I will be able to share them with you when we get back!

10/13/2005 01:03:00 PM

 

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