The Zarb Homestead

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Happy Campers: Indian Boundary May 22, 2013


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My favorite place to camp is Indian Boundary in the Smoky Mountains. I have been camping here since I was 2 years old. Whatever you are looking for in camp site this place has it including fishing, volleyball, picnic area, beach, hiking, kayaking, biking, lake and over 85 campsites with electric hookup. It is the best place to be in nature with still modern comforts of restrooms with warm showers along with a country store that has everything you need if you forget something. There is no cellphone reception and of course no WiFi for the “yippee” campers. If you are looking for spectacular mountain views, glimpses of wildlife, and a peaceful setting then you need to visit Indian Boundary.

They are open from April 19th through November. Gate opens at 6 AM and closes at 10 PM. They will lock you out but if this does happen to you, like it did to us, then you can set up camp in overflow for the night. It is $20/day per camp site. With the maximum of 5 people per site and 2 vehicles. You can make reservations online at www.recreation.gov

We stayed Friday-Monday and since there is not any cellphone reception we had no clue a frost was working its way to us. It was in the 20’s one night but we stayed nice and toasty in the pop up with the small space heater running. Along with 2 inches of rainfall on Saturday and the cold on Sunday we still had a great time. Below are some pictures from our trip.

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Happy Campers: Defeated Creek Campground April 28, 2013


Last weekend, we took our new-to-us pop up camper to middle Tennessee to get away from it all. I reserved the campground on reserveamerica.com a few weeks prior hoping it would not rain us out again like it did a month earlier. Turned out to be a prefect weekend weather wise. The only downfall was the low at night got to be about 38 degrees. It was a bit chilly but we had a small space heater to help keep us warm and it did a great job plus we kept snuggled up near the  camp fire that was going all night. Once the sun came out and took the bitter chill off everything it turned into a bight warm day. We were able to go fishing on the lake and got to try out our blow up kayak for the first time. My mother-in-law got to join us one night and I think she enjoyed herself also. Hopefully this was just one of many camping trips to come this year.

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You + Me = Us Through The Years November 21, 2012


This Thanksgiving will be #9 for the hubby and I. It is strange how time flies by and gets away from you in a blink of an eye. It seems like yesterday we were going on our first date and being all bubbly eyed at each other. I was organizing my photos and thought it would be nice to put together a time-line of the “us.” A lot of has happened and changed since it all began in 2004. Hairstyles and colors gone bad along with different clothing styles. I giggles a bit at some of them. Well, here is a walk down memory lane.

2004

Our first date after talking for 2 months 🙂 This was taken in the parking garage in West Town Mall. We went to see a movie but I couldn’t tell you what it was.

2005

We both love the outdoors and here we are camping in the Smoky Mountains

2006

After 2 years of dating we decided to get our own place together. This is us in downtown Knoxville watching Boomsday.

2007

We were cruising to Mexico and the Cayman Island this year. This was my first time out of the country and my first cruise.

2008

We had so much fun, we were off to Mexico, again! This was the year we purchased our first home together.

2009

Here is my brother-in-law and us enjoying our “new” boat

2010

Never skied before or been on a plane. I had a mild nervous break down on the plane and found out that I am not that coordinated to ski but we still had a great time.

2011

7 years down the road we finally say “I do!”

2012

Still happily together as we were in 2004

 

Searching for the Moonbow July 12, 2012


First of all, that is not a grammar error in the title of this blog. It indeed should say moonbow not rainbow. A moonbow is created by light reflecting off the surface of the moon rather than from the sun like in a rainbow. The place you can observe one is in Cumberland Falls, KY. There are only certain days of the year that the moonbow is observable and those are on the nights there is a bright full moon and no clouds in the sky. On July 3rd there was a full moon and we decided to pack our camping gear and go see if we could spot the moonbow.

If you plan on staying overnight you set up camp in the Daniel Boone National Forest and from there you can either drive or hike a small trail to the falls. We reserved 2 spots early due to it being a holiday week and space was limited. FYI: If you plan on camping and have more than one tent you will need to rent another campsite. As you can see in forth picture, the sites are awfully small. They do have electricity so you can plug in a radio or fan but not much because you only get one outlet per site. The price was $25 per site and you can reserve them online for a $3 fee.

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We set up camp around 10:30 pm on Tuesday night. We arrived behind schedule due to the fact I had to work until 6:00 pm that day and we also had to met up with two friends of ours and their daughter that were also coming along, plus we couldn’t find our camping spots, had to stop for gas, ice, food etc. Anyways, we got delayed and had to use headlamps to set up camp. This worked out well because you can’t even witness the bow until dark.

We arrive at the falls area around 11:00 pm, give or take a few minutes, as we walked closer to the falls you could see that there large group of people waiting to see the moonbow. I mean probably about 100 or more people were sitting calmly on rocks around the falls looking up in the sky in hopes for clear weather. I honestly didn’t think that many people would have been there. You have to be careful when going at night due to the fact it is not level ground around the falls and it could be slick. That night there was a bright full moon but there were also a few clouds in the sky and a massive one was covering the moon. We waited calmly for about an hour hoping the wind would blow the cloud away and we would get to see what we came here for but it never happened.

Sad and disappointed we back to our campsites. We cooked a few hotdogs and smores on the camp fire and had a few drinks. We stayed up pretty late into the night just talking and enjoying being in the outdoors. My husband and I (plus Mr. Malachi) slept great in our tent however our friends had some issues, their air mattress went flat and had to sleep on the ground. There were hardly and bugs out and the temperature was prefect, great camping weather.

We woke up early and packed up camp then headed to the falls to see it during the day.

With the sunlight you could see so much more of the falls and how beautiful it is. There are many different places you can view the falls. The picture above is me on the lower viewing deck but the view from the top is also good. You hike along the trails in the park and you can reach the bottom of the falls. This is were you can put it if you want to kayak or float on tubes which you can rent at the entrance to the park. We had a great time and plan on going again once there is a full moon on a day we are off from work. Maybe next time we will be lucky.