i've been to trail days the last two years. it's really neat to see a lot of the gear, including the cottage gear & it's makers, in person.
year before last, me & a friend just drove back out of town (in the direction of greyson highlands state park) & found an empty camp site along the road.
we had seen several on the way in. no charge.
last year i went by myself. i just parked in town & walked over to where the action was to spend the rest of the day talking to ed speer, the jacks, & so on.
the AT goes right through trail days so later in the day i followed the AT up the hill side as it left the vendor's area & went into the woods.
there was so much poison ivy that i had a time finding a good place to hang the hammock, but instead of continuing farther & farther up the mountain side looking, i choose a spot on a really steep hill, just a short ways up the trail.
i could still hear the live music from trail days in my hammock.
only problem was, i got sick as a dog from food i bought from one of the vendors.
you may see a food vendor selling chicken, beef, or alligator. i got the chicken... along w/ serious case of food poison!
i don't know when i've ever been so sick in all my life.
being on that steep hill side didn't help because it was throwing-up & diarrhea from 2am until after day light.
rough night in the hammock. i was barely able to drag me & my stuff back down to the truck. fortuneatly i had moved the truck to a parking lot just below the evening before.
long story short... eat from that vendor at your own risk. ed speer said he didn't realize i was eating from there or he would have warned me. he got food poison two years before from the same people.
back to a place for hammocking... if you don't mind the party scene, you can probably find a place to hang at tent city.
hope to get to see several of my fellow hammockers there. ...tim
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