Doll Mountain

Our site at Doll Mountain

Our site at Doll Mountain

We weren’t sure whether or not we would be able to be able to go camping this morning.  The news said that there was flash flooding in Ellijay and East Ellijay, people were being evacuated, and some of the roads were closed.

Ron and Sheba.  The campground road is a series of hairpin turns.

Ron and Sheba. The campground road is a series of hairpin turns.

Ellijay is very near Doll Mountain.

So I checked the weather alerts online and they confirmed our worst fears.

But I decided to call the campground and get firsthand information.  The campground host said they hadn’t heard anything about problems with access to the campground.  She took my name and number and said she would check and call me back.

She called back with an all clear.  The flooding was south of our route.  And the rain stopped shortly after we left home.

A tent site

A tent site

So here we are in this beautiful, recently remodeled campground.

The weather has been perfect.  We’ve had our windows open all day with just the fan running.  No air conditioning needed.  Also, our campsite is in deep shade and there has been a nice breeze.   Amazing for August 1.

The area is a mushroomer’s heaven.  I found baby chanterelles at the back of our campground.  Only someone else saw them, too, and kicked them over and stepped on them.  I also found another one that was damaged, along with several other different kinds of inedible ones.

The late afternoon sun made this blowdown look like it was on fire.

The late afternoon sun made this blowdown look like it was on fire.

However, the terrain is steep!  The only level ground here is on the road and on the campsites.  I tried to check out the area behind our site and would have slid down the hill if I hadn’t been able to grab a tree.  Getting back up was an adventure, even with the help of my hiking stick.

But tomorrow is another beautiful day to explore!  It’s supposed to be partly cloudy, with no rain predicted!

We did have one mishap.  Somewhere on the way here we lost our lower refrigerator vent cover.  We didn’t hit anything.  The only thing I can figure is I must not have had all the little plastic screws in the right position and the wind caught it and ripped it off.  Only the lower left corner of the vent remains.

The missing refrigerator vent

The missing refrigerator vent

There are no RV repair places near here, and if there were, they would probably have to order the part.  So I called Casita.  Their parts department was closed for the day.  I left a message for them to call me first thing in the morning.  The camp host said I could have them ship a part here.

It’s supposed to rain day after tomorrow.  If it does, I will rig up an awning for the vent, taping a trash bag to the top of the vent and tying the bottom to rocks placed a bit out from the trailer.  That should keep the rain out and still allow air intake.

The uphill sewer connection

The uphill sewer connection (edited to add, I don’t think it’s a sewer connection after all.)

In the meantime, it’s just beautiful here.  We spent the evening sitting outside listening to the night sounds, mesmerized by the flame from our torches.  And wondering why an occasional bug will fly directly into the flame.

And why the Army Corps of Engineers installed our sewer hookup uphill.  😀

 

(on edit — I don’t think it’s a sewer connection.)

16 Comments

  1. notyourgrannysrv

     /  August 1, 2013

    I love your posts! Always so calm about every issue and you don’t appear to be afraid to tackle anything! I am going to post a link to your blog on my blog so that others can enjoy your wonderful posts.

    NotYourGrannysRV.com

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    • Well, I learned a long time ago that kicking and screaming and pitching fits doesn’t do a thing to help. So I stopped. 😀

      Thanks so much for the compliment and the link!

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  2. Jack E Cargill

     /  August 1, 2013

    Sounds and looks like you finally took a chance on the weather. Hope you have a good an enjoyable trip.

    Miles1

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    • At least it’s not raining every day now. And we are getting some beautiful breaks in the weather.

      Thanks for the good wishes. 🙂

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  3. Lol about the sewer location.

    You always find the prettiest camping spots. Glad you made it!

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    • It is pretty here! Couldn’t sleep because the tree frogs and critters are so loud. So just got up, closed the windows and turned on the air conditioner so we don’t have to listen to them.

      Ahhhh….. civilization! 😀

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  4. What a beautiful site!! I have put Doll Mountain on our places to camp list!! The weather sounds perfect…no air conditioner!!! You all enjoy your time exploring the area!! Gotta love the uphill sewer connection!! LOL

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    • Gerri, it’s a COE park so it’s only $11 per night. What’s fantastic is that we got a site so we don’t have the direct afternoon sun baking us. Of course, we miss the sunsets, but it’s a nice trade off.

      The sites are varied here. There are a few big rig sites right together with no privacy in full sun. We are in a back loop. It’s prettiest back here!

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  5. What an _absolutely_ gorgeous site!

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  6. cozybegone

     /  August 2, 2013

    A “doll” park…what a babydoll! I have no doubt you’ll hook up something special if the rain comes in. I am so crossing my fingers that the weather stays dry and you get to enjoy every ounce of such a beautiful place! I just love the decks those parks have down that way…see Sheba is settling right in. Sure they are just as happy as you to be in a new surrounding. Happy foraging!!!

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    • Yes… I’ll jury rig something if needed. 😀

      We love the decks, too. They keep the trailer so clean, and we can run in and out without having to put on shoes.

      No good edible mushrooms today, but some interesting ones.

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  7. This is such a pretty place and love how the sites are so nice and flat. Well taken care of campground. I could enjoy a place like this.

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    • It has been remodeled since we were here a few years ago. It’s hard to recognize it as the same place!

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  8. alex

     /  August 2, 2013

    I lost that same part, and the very next RV place (not even a big place) I came to had them in stock. I don’t think we were the only travelers this happened to!

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    • Alex, you are the first person I’ve ever heard mention losing a refrigerator vent cover!

      I called Casita and they are rushing me another one. But I am paying dearly for the speedy shipping — $69.00! But I must have it, so it’s worth it to not have to chase all over north Georgia trying to find one.

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