Miles: 1794Health: Excellent!
After we got out of the park, we decided to head straight to Norcross and Ceridwen’s brother and sister-in-law’s house, rather than making a side trip to Chattanooga. Along the way we stopped to ‘mine’ for gems in Franklin, NC. This amounted to buying a bucket of sand for $5 and then dumping it into a wood and mesh strainer and letting running water wash the sand away from the planted flecks of garnet, sapphire, ruby, citrine, amethyst and bunch of other stuff. They man running the mining operation was very cool and knowledgeable about rocks, and made many comments about God’s design for the stones, but not in an annoying, bible thumping way.
We finally made it to Norcross and hung out before getting to bed rather later than we really wanted.
Alas, our batteries were deader than dead by this time, but there are "old-timey" photos of the North Carolinian side of the Great Smokey Mountains. And whatnot.