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 Post subject: camping and fishing in Cataloochee Valley, pic heavy
PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 12:28 am 
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I finally got some time off from work and took the family to Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. My girls wanted to go see the elk. Ok, so did Karen and I. And the fishing is pretty good to boot. This is likely to be pic heavy. This trip was quite a blessing in many ways. Not only did I get much needed time off. But I got to spend it with my family in God's creation. And I was reminded that I have some very interesting young ladies growing up around me. Sometimes you forget that in all the rush of work and home.

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A couple of the reintroduced residents. Mature Bull elk.

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All the bull elk shots were taken at the Palmer House, which is also the visitors center for the valley. The house was built by George Lafayette Palmer, son of "Turkey" George Palmer. "Turkey" George's wife, Alice, was my grandmothers aunt. How cool is that?! She is on the right.

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Day 2 we hiked to the Woody House, explored the Caldwell house and took in the elk.

One the way to the Woody House, BEAR!!!!

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Woody House built around 1901.

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Caldwell House built in 1906.

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Megan with elk antler from the elk that was poached there last year.

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Close encounter of the elk kind.

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Day 3 found us hiking to the Hannah Cabin in Little Cataloochee. It was built in the mid 1800's. It's about a 1 1/4 mile hike in. It's an old road bed, but a bit steep in places for little legs. Both girls made it in fine. We ended up carrying Megan out on the uphills. They were real troopers though.

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A few resident trout.


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And some flowers.

Jewelweed

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Indian Pipe

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Not sure about this one yet.

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Yellow Fringed Orchid

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Bear Video

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Elk video with a short fight

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 Post subject: Re: camping and fishing in Cataloochee Valley, pic heavy
PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 3:55 am 
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Nice report Jason.....glad ya guys had a good time! :D

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 Post subject: Re: camping and fishing in Cataloochee Valley, pic heavy
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Neat! Thy will grow up before you can blink.


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 Post subject: Re: camping and fishing in Cataloochee Valley, pic heavy
PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:31 am 
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It was a great time Tom. Tell Smoky he was right on. All of my fishing was on the main stream. That is the most and the biggest fish I have caught in there. I am positive I left one in the 16" range in one of the holes. When I set the hook my drag started clicking even though I have my finger over the line. The fish barely moved off the bottom! I think the line slipping left me with no real hookset and it was over before it started. I wish I could have gotten out longer. But running around the valley with the girls was awfully fun too.


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 Post subject: Re: camping and fishing in Cataloochee Valley, pic heavy
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Nice :) Thanks for sharing it with us.

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 Post subject: Re: camping and fishing in Cataloochee Valley, pic heavy
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Looks like a great time. Memories to last a lifetime for sure :D

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 Post subject: Re: camping and fishing in Cataloochee Valley, pic heavy
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real nice pics...if this helps, the unidentified flower is tick trefoil,,,,the seeds stick to your clothes in autumn and are sometimes called " beggar's lice"


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 Post subject: Re: camping and fishing in Cataloochee Valley, pic heavy
PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 2:00 am 
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troutfirst wrote:
real nice pics...if this helps, the unidentified flower is tick trefoil,,,,the seeds stick to your clothes in autumn and are sometimes called " beggar's lice"



Wow, no kidding. The fact that I could find no leaves had me stumped. I would never have connected a neat little flower with such an aggravating thing as beggars lice. :lol: That's one of the reasons I like these boards. Thanks.


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beggars lice love a fleece jacket in the fall.

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 Post subject: Re: camping and fishing in Cataloochee Valley, pic heavy
PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 7:51 pm 
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Beautiful family and photos. Thanks for taking the time to post. Makes me want to go there, too.

How was the camping? Did you notice if there was anywhere that accepts pop up campers? Do you need reservations and are they hard to get?

Hey, Overbrook, should we go there for our family camping trip? Time is running short.


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