Nothing finer in Carolina than Spring time in the Big Ditch with the Gorge Rats.
It's been six months in the planning, chatting (on LG.net) and the anticipation! Finally the time was here and now it's gone ... just a great memory.
There was a full gambit of Spring time weather, critters, hiking, camping, companionship with old friends and new.
Mac forgot to wear pants again, LDCakes made the "moon shine", we met "Mouse and Squirrel" (use Russian accent there), Fin popped up with that ear to ear smile, Mr. Green made the trip (hope the knee heals), and Millergear arrived in the middle of the night as usual! How could it be a GR Gathering without Shug, Hickery, Hanging Burrito, and Running Feather? First Gorge Rats Mtncmpr, Ken and Waterbar Jim were there as was Crazytrain. Pizza was made by the fire as was home made biscuits and Livermush from Waterbar Jim's DIY pie pan Dutch Oven. Food was consumed at Louise's Rock House Restaurant ... as were hot dogs (all the way) at an undisclosed GR secret location thanks to our friend Shug! Hooch was greatly missed as was Slowhike. JerryW was there with new and amazing gear from his thread injector! TZBrown ... ah TZ ... married to a pie goddess did not disappoint either in companionship, laughs or pie! Ever smiling and ever joking Wisenber didn't fail to make me laugh or make me worry he'd survive the night hiking!
AND BABELFISH5 ... made me fatter with gifts of trail food that was unbelievable. Mighty fine stuff!
I didn't spend a lot of time capturing video clips this trip, no special effects, no gear reviews ... just too busy having a great time.
Great to see old friends and new ... for those that didn't make it ... hope you enjoy the video and those that did make it ... hope it gives you a few smiles as you remember the weeks events.
So if you have time to waste ... here are some video clips that fail to do justice to a great week! No special effects ... no gear reviews ... just Gorge Rats!
GORGE RAT SPRING 2011 GATHERING