On April 5th the whole southeast portion of the country got hit by some serious storms, but we didn't care, we had to camp! We left very early in the morning to head up to Lake Conasauga in north Georgia to camp for a few days in the middle of the week. Everyone we told thought we were crazy and going to die out in the woods due to the storm, which seemed a bit extreme, but none the less we were heading up the mountain with or without the impending storms closing in.
We stopped to grab some fire wood before heading up and got to talk to some of the locals of Ellijay who were also thinking we were crazy and kept telling us tales of falling trees... Thanks guys. We took the warning, took our wood, and took off.
It wasn't until about half way up the mountain that it started to drizzle, not a problem. The problem was that once we got up there, the campground was closed for another couple weeks, leaving us to find someplace to go. Luckily, there is an overflow campground down the trail from the lake campground, no water access but it had level spots and a fancy pit toilet, what more could you ask for as a van camper? We set up camp between the raindrops and that was it! Nowhere to go, nothing to do but watch the rain fall and enjoy each others company.
The drops dropped. We dropped drops. The storms rolled through, but because of our elevation it was just dense fog banks creeping quietly through the trees, providing one of the most surreal experiences of our lives, even for Stella. The silence was eerie at times, not too many sounds besides rain, the occasional branch falling, and some always welcomed owl hoots. We were by far the loudest thing on the mountain.
Probably the best part about the camping trip was the lack of people, which is why we do it in the first place. Right? We stayed all day Wednesday, Thursday, and left Friday afternoon and saw two motorcycles and the trash truck. Thats it! Was that in thanks to the storms? Or maybe it being the very middle of the week? What ever it was, it provided us with a much needed get away into the mountains and away from the people.