Lifestyles, Travel

Camping at Anchor Down RV Resort

We have been camping for several years now and mostly camping close to home if it’s just for the weekend. This time we ventured out a bit further and camped at Anchor Down RV Resort in Dandridge, TN. It was over 3 hours drive and 185 miles. It’s nice to be able to make this trip and being able to spend time with the family. We are fortunate to be able to take my dad places, he enjoyed the weekend. I often thought of my mom, she didn’t have the opportunity to take trips like this. Life is short and one shouldn’t wait until retire to travel and go places.

Max loves camping.

I still have a lot to learn on how to shoot stars, not to mention shooting the milky way. I thought I would be able to see it clearly in an open sky on a clear night but all I see was darkness and lots of stars but very difficult to capture on camera.

I got up early to wait for the sunrise, Sunday morning sunrise was 7:20 am.

It was worth the wait.

This is a nice signature site, I would love to stay here on our next trip.

This was the view from our campsite.

The pontoon ride was $10 per person. This was our first time and it went a lot faster than I thought.

I took these photos while the pontoon was moving and didn’t expect to get good shots. The photos didn’t turn out too bad and nice to see the view from the boat. The water was very low and boats that were on water several weeks back are now sitting on rocks and dirt.

The leaves start to change colors.

The campground from a distance.

The boat was tiny from a distance and difficult to get panning shot, I got one good shot.

It amazed me to see trees survive on rocks.

This was our first time camping in Tenessee and it looked so much nicer than the North Carolina campgrounds that we visited.

Lifestyles, Travel

The End of Summer Camping

Labor day weekend marked the end of the Summer for us and we were fortunate to be able to go to the beach the last few years. This year the tropical storm came through Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area and we weren’t sure if we would be able to make it. The storm came through on Friday, and we headed out Saturday at 1 am and got to the beach in the morning. It was a nice weekend and glad that we didn’t tent camping this year, the storm left some of the sites flooded.

Photography, Travel

Catawba Falls

It has been a while since we went camping, and I’ve been wanting to camp near the waterfalls. This time we camped at Catawba Falls Campground near Catawba Falls and it’s within a half mile walking distance from the campground.Catawba Falls is located in Pisgah National Forest property near Old Fort, NC and it’s a 2 miles hike.

This bridge was completed in July of this year, I could imagine how difficult it was to get to the Falls having to cross the river on stepping stones.

There are several lower falls along the way. I bought my tripod with me to capture the longer shutter speed that blurs the moving water, and having to hike with camera gears wearing flip flops was not ideal.

I never thought that we would get to the big Falls, the path kept going up hills.

It’s well worth the hike.

This was from the top of the falls.

On the way down was a lot faster and I have more time to admire nature.