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RE: Cataloochee campground

We were there about ten years ago. "Little Cataloochee Valley." I think the mountain we had to skirt on that narrow gravel road was Sterling Mountain. Beach and I were holding our breath, an endless ravine on the driver's side and the wall of the mountain on the passenger's side. We dropped the hitch to our RV at the KOA in Cherokee; early the next morning with a picnic lunch and plenty of water we drove our F-250 Ford diesel through Maggie Valley and turned off into this residential neighborhood and through to this narrow gravel road. I couldn't believe this was an entrance to the national park. After miles and miles of this road, we finally hit some pavement, made a left turn onto the pavement and into the valley. On the left was the campground; we walked in because I wasn't sure how much turn-around space we would have; what we saw was a lot of primitive camping, tents and tent trailers on wheels, no more than about eight feet long; all were using lanterns for light, but saw no camp fires. We continued on crossing a little bridge with a rushing stream under it and met up with the one and only ranger for Little Cataloochee. He was a descendant of one of families who had lived in the valley. Since I am a history buff, he took the time to explain how his family came to the valley in the 1800s. We parked the truck and walked the valley and visited all the buildings that were left; they were unlocked; the old church, school house, a barn, a house circa late 1800s, etc. This was a valley of pristine beauty with totally no electricity, even I guess today, and beautiful speckled brown trout swimming in crystal clear streams. We almost had the place to ourselves. After all the crowds we saw at Cade's Cove near Sieverville, why? Aha! It must be that **** scary narrow road hugging the mountain coming into the valley. It turns out that was the same road used by the settlers of Little Cataloochee to bring supplies in before the first snow of the season in the 1800s. There is a lot of wildlife in the valley roaming in herds, primarily Elk; we did see a few black bears as we were walking across a meadow to the church. A lot of the buildings have been moved and set up behind the Park Visitors Center near Cherokee (how they got those buildings down that road is a mystery to me). If you have the stamina, I recommend visiting. But 1) leave early in the morning, 2) keep checking the weather on the mountain and valley, 3) carry provisions with you like peanut butter and jam sandwiches, flashlights, and blankets in case you get stuck up there overnight, and 3) DON'T take your RV on that road into the valley. Let the ranger know you are there overnight if need be. Give yourself plenty of daylight on your return trip to leave the valley. There is a book regarding "Little Cataloochee Valley" for purchase at the Park Visitors Center near Cherokee; the book tells a lot of history about the place and Franklin Roosevelt who is responsible for the community's demise in the valley.
charlestonsouthern 06/06/22 12:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: The price of fuel is not nearly high enough

bgum, since you mentioned college, then you must recall college Economics 101 regarding consumer response models, theories, and micro-economic laws. It's one of the requirements under the Humanities.
charlestonsouthern 06/03/22 08:04pm Around the Campfire
RE: No shortage of RVs

Caveman -- "affordable" is subjective relative to the person buying the RV. The "high end" with more luxury options or custom RVs don't seem to be having much of a problem. But, then again, that is true most any time of the year.
charlestonsouthern 05/31/22 01:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Is Facebook killing this site?

Reisender, would love to see a photo of your rig. And present a description as to how it all works. One of my questions to you would be how many total miles would you drive before it is necessary to recharge, and how long does it take to recharge your rig.
charlestonsouthern 05/27/22 12:12am Around the Campfire
RE: No shortage of RVs

Snowpeke, you would think!! But maybe these retirees were spending their kids' inheritance.
charlestonsouthern 05/26/22 09:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: No shortage of RVs

Ro'n'Joe -- Beach and I went to the Myrtle Beach RV Show back in October; Newmar had the sold sign on nearly all their units before we left. Newmar even had desks set up for their salesmen to complete paperwork, and there was a line, a very popular brand. I can understand why they are low on inventory and was impressed. If we had the tow vehicle for one of their fifth wheels, I would have bought it. Also, their motorhomes are high tech, such as improvements in turning radius. They have built a "better mouse trap."
charlestonsouthern 05/26/22 01:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: camping on TN public lands illegal and a felony???

Geo*Boy -- What kind of pill, cyanide? Wouldn't that be government abortion?
charlestonsouthern 05/24/22 08:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: camping on TN public lands illegal and a felony???

Itsy, you are correct. This case is certainly a "separation of church and state" issue, thereby an interpretation of US Constitution.
charlestonsouthern 05/23/22 07:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: camping on TN public lands illegal and a felony???

Johnhicks, yes, it is now a federal case in the state of Colorado between a church (their private property) who brings in visiting ministers with their RVs (and have been doing this for years) versus the local municipality or county. I'll try to find the case. US Constitutional Law is involved. The Tennessee problem is that it is written too broad, so much so that it requires the townships to totally enforce it (which takes a lot of money) and takes away the power to run their own towns while affecting their small economy. If the Tennessee law was written strictly to run the homeless out of the state, then say that in the law; don't be political hypocrits and have it inclusive of tourism. All very small Tennessee towns do not have RV parks, but they do need RV tourists cash for their economy while driving through. The state says these towns will be penalized if they don't enforce the state law; well, then, the state should provide the money to do it.
charlestonsouthern 05/23/22 06:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: camping on TN public lands illegal and a felony???

There could be an economic bad side to this. A lot of Canadians driving down in their RV and taking the back roads; they happen upon a nice little Tennessee town and decide to spend some time being a tourist and drop some cash at the neighborhood grocery store, restaurant, microbrewery, antique store, admission to a small museum, and/or trinket shop. All of this may require a couple of nights parking say on a dead end street. The Tennessee municipalities or townships know how tourism works in their town; however, the state has taken these decisions out of the townships hands. Therefore, the Canadian RVer drives right through town on the way to their final destination and not dropping any cash in that Tennessee town. When a state writes new laws, they should not take out part of the economies of small towns.
charlestonsouthern 05/23/22 03:52pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Stealth Camping Tennessee

If you wish to know more about Tioga George, just enter "Tioga George" in Google and his diary blog will pop up. He had so many friends who mourned him, and he would feed anyone who told him they were hungry. He never considered himself to be homeless; he just had a lot of tragedy in his life.
charlestonsouthern 05/22/22 02:37pm Around the Campfire
Stealth Camping Tennessee

Just read that the state of Tennessee has passed legislation to make unauthorized camping or parking in public spaces a felony which, of course, creates a criminal record for the felon. Usually, certain ordinances (not criminal) are passed in municipalities to handle these things, but I've never heard of a state getting so heavily involved. The reason I bring this up is that once I had a blogger friend I blogged with who did a lot of stealth camping; he has passed on now at the age of 82, and we called him Tioga George. Most of this type of camping he did in Mexico, San Diego, Calif. (his home town), and in Oregon. He never made it to the east coast during his vagabond days. If he would have made it to Tennessee today, he probably would continuously be in trouble. George vowed he would never sleep in a RV park. All the years I knew him, he would get in trouble here and there, more often in Oregon than anywhere else. Generally, the problems would ensue when the police would wake him up in the middle of the night, ask him to move on, he had very little sleep and would mouth off at the police and end up in court. George was not a poor man, but he didn't like people disrupting his life style. I wonder how many Tioga George's we have in Tennessee. Like George use to say; I'm not bothering anyone; why doesn't the police just leave me alone; I've paid my taxes like everyone else during my working years.
charlestonsouthern 05/22/22 02:47am Around the Campfire
RE: Alaska Bound

Rigdon, it wasn't quite clear to me; was that 40 minutes to get through the Canadian border or the US border into Alaska?
charlestonsouthern 05/11/22 01:42pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Question for Florida sticks and bricks owners

Yes to everything everyone has said. The only other things I would add is 1) leave overhead fans running in the rooms and 2) put boxes or dishes of DampRid in bathrooms (showers/tubs) and kitchen. DampRid really is a wonder product. We also put "bug motels" around the doorways from the outside if you have a tendency of pests coming in. Usually, that happens when your home is near water.
charlestonsouthern 05/03/22 02:06pm Around the Campfire
RE: Mabel Lake provincial park in BC with our Tesla T@B combo.

Just love your Tesla-TAB riglet! Can't beat the setup for couples' camping. Thanks for the beautiful photos.
charlestonsouthern 04/22/22 12:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Mabel Lake provincial park in BC with our Tesla T@B combo.

Just love your Tesla-TAB riglet! Can't beat the setup for couples' camping. Thanks for the beautiful photos.
charlestonsouthern 04/22/22 12:38pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Lithium and México

Mexicowanderer, I am definitely NOT pro Chinese. However, this is just par for the course of Mexico breaking agreements time after time with other countries; its signature on a piece of paper is not worth spit. That includes the trilateral agreement regarding the pandemic, the newly made trade agreement after NAFTA, and its very ambiguous votes in the UN regarding Ukraine (in particular, the Russia-Mexico Friendship Agreement). The list could go on and on.
charlestonsouthern 04/22/22 12:21am Around the Campfire
RE: Turbo car engine in mountains

Is the Lincoln turbo towing anything or loaded to the max inside the car?
charlestonsouthern 04/21/22 11:24pm Around the Campfire
RE: Parking permits in the GSMNP

Would fee-based parking permits include those people who have lifetime senior citizens or "golden" passes provided by federal parks across the US?
charlestonsouthern 04/07/22 07:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Military Campgrounds

Nam, my family and I stayed at those inns in Germany in early 1990s (WWII era built); very nicely maintained, but not part of MWR facilities. Because we were not retired reservists then, we had to wait until the end of the day to determine if there were openings for us as we were not in Germany with a set of military orders; we were there as tourists. It was worth the wait while we toured Burtisgaden (spelling problem!).
charlestonsouthern 04/02/22 01:49pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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