We have some catching up to do! Congratulations to the Ultimate Arkansas Teen Campers for making it through an awesome 14 day trip. The Kayak trip was a success and the campers did great paddling 30+ miles in record time. To celebrate the campers voted to stop at the Western Sizzlin for a well-deserved 100 item buffet. I think they tried all 100 items! Before heading home the campers also voted to skip the river tubing in lieue of a gem mine they found along the way. After a successful day of mining and packing everyone went home to tell their stories of adventure. We would like to say THANK YOU to all of the campers who made the trip and look forward to seeing you all again sooner rather than later.
We would also like to say welcome to the Blue Ridge Expedition Teen Campers. The campers have had a great time since they made it to the mountains. The first night in the mountains the campers were glad they brought their warm gear. Temperatures have been ranging from the upper 40’s to mid 70’s, perfect for camping! The campers have been rafting on the Pigeon, French Broad, and Nolichucky Rivers. In between they found themselves crawling and climbing underground through one of East Tennessee’s longest caves. They have experienced a little rain and have not let that slow them down. A true river runner welcomes the rain and looks forward to those big water days that follow. The timing could not have been better for a Nolichucky Gorge River trip today. The second deepest river gorge on the east coast makes for an great trip on an average day but the extra rain brought the river up to above average levels. Today was the perfect day to be on the river and they had an AWESOME river trip! Tomorrow they will pack up and head out for their backpacking and climbing trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Along the way they will pass several waterfalls, mountain streams, springs, and BIG views before ending at a huge natural waterslide. The group is in good spirits and looking forward to the backpacking trip.
We have received several request for pictures and we have not forgotten about you! We are still digging through all of the photos and videos trying to get them organized and uploaded. Once they are ready we will make sure you are the first to know! We can’t wait for everyone to see how much fun our teen campers had. Thank you for your continued patience.
-Team EPIC –