Hello Everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. I’ve been catching up from our camping trip last week. We were supposed to go to Bryson City, NC, but because of the hurricane, we changed our plans and went to Fort Mountain State Park in North Georgia instead. The weather was perfect. The park is on top of a mountain which made the day temperatures perfect, high 70’s – low 80’s with night temperatures in the low 60’s.
Sunrise view of the lake during our coffee walk around the lake on the third morning.
We have to store the new Rpod travel trailer off-site because it won’t fit in the garage like our pop-up did, so I needed a way to carry our clothes and didn’t want to use a suitcase because of the size. I decided to make us each a Hand Crafter’s Carry-All Basket.
The white one is mine and the brown one is for my husband. The camping fabric was given to me by my friend Joyce, from the Lap App Store, that she picked up at the Sisters Quilt Show a few years ago. The other fabrics are Moda Grunge.
For mine, I added this embroidered front pocket designed by Sherri K. Falls of This and That.
They were perfect to fit our clothes in and toiletry bags on top.
My husband was concerned that our stuff would be too heavy for the bags, but it has a firm bottom made with flat painters canvas panels, so no problems at all.
The camper has a nice closet to store the clothes. Instead of using hangers, we bought this storage unit which fits inside the closet with a little room in the back and on the bottom for extras. Even with winter clothes, the bags will still fit everything we need to carry for a 3 or 4 day trip.
I also have this Carry-All Basket that I keep all my handwork, books and other things in. My 15″ laptop is under everything at the bottom of the basket.
The Hand Crafter’s Carry-All Basket is very versatile and can be used for more than just carrying your quilting and crafting things in. If you are interested in making your own, I have the pattern for the Basket and the Quilter’s Carry-All Bag on sale in my shop through September 30.
Now, back to our trip!
We left last Monday and were still concerned about Hurricane Florence affecting our first day. I took this picture as we passed the overlook near the top of the mountain on our way to the park. We are looking towards the south, southeast here. Very clear under the clouds. The park had just gotten a shower before we arrived, but that was the end of the rain for us!
Here we are, all set up and the sun is just starting to come out.
We had a pull through site and very private. In fact, the park was only about a third full and very pleasant during the week.
On Tuesday, we took our coffee and drank it down by the lake.
I took this beautiful picture as the sun was rising. You could tell it was going to be a spectacular day!
We did our usual Ft. Mountain Hike that morning, which takes us to the Stone Wall, the tower, the west overlook and around the North Face Loop Trail of the mountain.
Since we were here last (6 years ago), they refurbished the CCC Stone Fire Tower. There was no wooden structure on top of it then. Now they have it open on the weekends to get to the top. Do you see how blue the sky is? I didn’t do anything to this picture except to sharpen the focus a little and it was taken with my phone. The next few pictures were taken from the West Overlook with my Sony Cyber Shot camera.
The day was just so clear, no haze at all. You could see a long way. In this picture, you are looking at the town of Chatsworth in the foreground, but that last ridge is Lookout Mountain that runs from Chattanooga, through the corner of Georgia and into Alabama. I looked it up and it’s about 55 miles away.
I used the zoom on my camera and was able to capture the northern end of Lookout Mountain at Chattanooga. We have never been here when the views have been so far.
This picture was taken from the Cool Springs Overlook on the east side of the mountain. We are looking out into the Cahutta Wilderness and probably into the North Carolina Mountains.
After our hike, we enjoyed a relaxing afternoon back at the camp site.
On Wednesday, we visited the town of Ellijay, on the eastern side of the mountain. We had lunch, then did a wine tasting at Engelheim Vineyards.
I forgot to take pictures while were there, so I got these pictures from the Engelheim websites gallery.
We were the only ones there early in the afternoon and our wine tasting server did an excellent job. We sat on their porch with this view and enjoyed a glass of wine after the tasting. The owner also talked with us for a few minutes and told us about the grapes and wine. We hope to go back on a weekend this fall when they have live entertainment.
On Thursday, we hung out at the camp site and I was able to work on some embroidery.
I took a few things to work on. I finished the Save the Bees quilt and took some pictures of it while we were there and also did a little knitting. It’s very relaxing to be able to sit outside and enjoy a little handwork.
That afternoon, we rented a kayak and paddled around the lake for a little while. I didn’t take my phone or camera just in case I got wet, but all was good.
The leaves were just starting to change on a few of the trees, too.
Fort Mountain is one of our favorite state parks. This was our 6th trip over the past 11 years. Overall, Georgia does a fantastic job at their parks. Campground hosts keep the bath houses and camp sites clean, most of the camp sites are not too close together, and they are located in great places. In October, we are going to FDR State Park in Pine Mountain, GA. We are looking forward to another great trip.
I hope you enjoy reading about our travels. This is a great way for me to record what we do, too. If you are interested in the bags, please visit my shop for more details. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.