Lots of Rain, High Water in the Streams…

We spent a very rainy day relaxing in the campground. John finally took down the awning as the winds were gusting over 40 mph and I was afraid for our awning. We are on our 3rd RV awning – one was taken out by a big storm in the Smokies, heavy rain and wind; our second was taken out by softball size hail, while in the Smokies. (Yup, we have experienced

no view of Mount LeConte today...

no view of Mount LeConte today…

lots of rough weather here!) Next awning will be one of those automatic ones with wind sensors that closes down by itself!
view from the RV - rain and wind gusts overnight but stopped for now...  more due later.

view from the RV – rain and wind gusts overnight but stopped for now…


the four motorhomes next to us pulled out this morning...

the four motorhomes next to us pulled out this morning…

We needed some air so we went for a ride along the Foothills Parkway to see the sights… It started to rain again just as we left.

started to rain again as we left

started to rain again as we left


And, the driver found the curvy, twisty, mountain roads slippery with wet leaves. He decided to bag it and head back. We had lots of chores to do, pictures to go through, newspapers to read online… You get the idea! We decided to get up early tomorrow (for us in retirement!) and head out to see how high the water is in the rivers after more rain tonight.

The next day dawned raw and wet with a morning low of 45 degrees but the weather dudes promised a high of 74 later.
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fog ahead...

fog ahead…

We headed toward Greenbrier Road, armed with coffee and sausage biscuits from McDs. Little Pigeon River was high…
Little Pigeon River - off Greenbrier Road
but the water had already receded a lot during the night – the high water marks left behind were impressive. The racing water cascaded over huge boulders in the river, making a loud, roaring sound… We continued back on the path to Middle Prong and Ramsey Cascades Trail.

smaller stream or rain run off to the side of the trail

smaller stream or rain run off to the side of the trail

West Prong Little Pigeon River - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

West Prong Little Pigeon River – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The raw power of the water in the cascades was just mesmerizing… all my senses filled with sight and sounds of lots of water moving over the boulders in the river. I could lean on the footbridge railings watching and listening forever : )
John - bridge over Little Pigeon River
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When we were ready to head back, some kayakers showed up and put their kayaks in the river.

Kayakers, just putting in the river - Little Pigeon River

Kayakers, just putting in the river – Little Pigeon River


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It was exciting to watch the colorful boats darting around the boulders and whitewater. After watching for awhile, we headed back down river, along the path and found a good spot to wait for them. Along the way, I admired an amazing tree or many trees! growing out of huge mossy boulders…

Greenbrier Road - Holly by a neat tree growing out of the boulders -  by Little Pigeon River

Greenbrier Road – Holly by a neat tree growing out of the boulders – by Little Pigeon River


I also saw some partridgeberry vine,
Partridgeberry, (Mitchella repens L.) Greenbrier Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Partridgeberry, (Mitchella repens L.) Greenbrier Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park


and some turkeys!
turkeys crossing the road - Greenbrier Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

turkeys crossing the road – Greenbrier Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park


I found a spot where the river was just below the level of the road, and I got to the water’s edge easily. (no climbing down cliffs!) The water was much calmer here
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but the kayakers quickly arrived,

Kayakers on the Little Pigeon River

Kayakers on the Little Pigeon River


and took out their boats for another run.

We headed back along Hwy 321 to the RV to get warm and get some more coffee : )

About Holly Ritger

I am retired, enjoying being a grandmother, traveling to National Parks and other interesting places in our RV with my husband of 43 years, and visiting with friends and family. Hobbies: photography, learning about wildflowers and birds, and trees, and reading from my kindle.
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6 Responses to Lots of Rain, High Water in the Streams…

  1. placestheygo says:

    I love when the rivers and streams are about to burst. The sound of that rushing water is so relaxing. Great photos of the rushing water:) Those kayakers are a little crazy, kind of like surfers with the big storm and the huge waves!

    Gee, it sounds like you need to stop visiting the Smokies! Don’t bother with an awning with a wind sensor. Like many things, it sounds better than it is. The sensor only detects a steady strong wind not wind gusts which can do lots of damage. We have ours turned off.

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    • Holly Ritger says:

      I usually find the water sounds relaxing, but there was so much water moving fast that it was more like a roaring sound. I took a video which captured the rushing water nicely but haven’t figured out how to post it. WordPress 101!

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  2. Even with the rain I’m glad you are having a good trip. We had rain in Missouri but nice weather in Arkansas.

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    • Holly Ritger says:

      The lush flowers and forests need lots of rain and I don’t mind a lazy day or three in the camper during inclement weather. It helps being retired and having lots of time to camp… And, we are warm, cozy and quite comfy and have lots to do in our down time : )

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  3. tybeegal says:

    The river shots are great! Down time is great also!

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