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    The 'Draconids' Hang 2011 - Shining Rock Wilderness

    It was a long time before I realized that the mother ship wasn't
    coming in behind the Hale Bopp Comet, so now I just try
    and watch the showers that ensue as we hurdle through
    space on this rock and pass through the tails of comets.

    The Draconids were touted as being the best in many years
    for 2011 so I figured why not hang as close to them as
    possible right? Predicted to begin Friday October 7th and peak
    Saturday October 8th in the afternoon, we decided to hang
    for the weekend.

    HB and I left late Friday afternoon and set up camp just off
    the Art Loeb Trail in the Shining Rock Wildeness, which is
    part of the Pisgah National Forest. Our goal was to set up
    a base camp and view the show atop Black Balsam Mt
    (Elev. 6214') Saturday night.

    We were joined later that evening by Carolinasbackpacker
    at about 10PM. We chewed the fat, tipped a few, HB and CB
    took a trial run up the trail a ways, then we bedded
    down for the evening.

    I awoke about 4:30AM and took a stroll. All of the
    vehicles were encased in a frost so thick it shattered
    when I opened the car door. Later on, when all arose,
    we put up some coffee and awaited the arrival of ldcakes.
    It was a wee bit nippy but we all slept rather warmly.









    We lolly-gagged for quite a bit.




    We took an afternoon hike up to the summit, along with lots
    of other folks taking advantage of the views of the Fall foliage.







    An adventurous kite flyer



    Some great views



    We headed back to camp for a weenie roast with all the fix'uns.
    Following dinner we headed out to see the show...Well, we're
    still waiting. We stood out there for hours. Not even a latent firefly.
    We had a beautiful huge moon-bow and we did see a contrail
    that went from one horizon to the opposite horizon but that was it.

    No-one cared. We were hangin' in the piney woods

    Sunday morning we packed up and headed to Hannah Flanagan's
    in H'ville for lunch and the renowned "Bull-Burger".

    A fun time was had by all

    CB and Cakes will be posting lots more pics and some video

    Thanks for reading!



    Last edited by Running Feather; 10-10-2011 at 12:39.
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    Yes, it was alot of fun. Thanks for doing the trip report.

    I'm looking forward to the sub-culture video!!
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    MOST EXCELLENT ... how come when you fellers get together I always think they should play "All my rowdy friends ..." by good old Hank Jr.

    Looks like a good weekend fellers and lady ...

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    I had a great time guy's and I'll get my pics up tonight.
    Love many, trust few & always paddle your own canoe. American Proverb

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    Another fine weekend in the mountain woods! Looking forward to seeing a few more pictures.
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    Any reason is a good reason to get out in the woods. Thanks for taking us along. I like the view.
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    It was a great time!! I don't think I have laughed so hard in quite a while.... "Hangin' Burritto the Jockey."

    Started going through the videos last night. I should have them done in in a couple days!
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    Did yall have time to prestock?
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    Yeah- An almost full moon will mess up most of the viewing on the good meteor showers.
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    Camp pics

    A few more pics:

    HB's rig.

    My rig.

    CB's rig.

    HB taking the hammock chair to a whole new level

    HB's uncle, Mr. Haney
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    Last edited by Running Feather; 10-10-2011 at 12:30.
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