Sun was getting close to setting so we had to hurry to make our destination so we had to leave the Tellico (Tellliquah) area but I'll definitely be back to renew. So what was the hurry? Jerry told me about the top of this mountain where we could get a 360 degree of the countryside, where we could see the sunset and moon rise at the same time. Now I'm very partial to sunsets so I was ready to go but I didn't see how it could be my memories of Key West's sunsets or the sunsets from the airport mesa in Sedona AZ but I was willing because, did I mention how much I love sunsets?
Here we go about 20 minutes from Tellico, nearer Coker Creek TN, off Hwy 68, up and up we climb. There is the sign, Buck Bald Mountain in the Cherokee National Forest. One lane well maintained gravel, rock road. We headed up about 30 mph, Jerry assured me we could come down much slower, well pass one car on the way up, over to the side so we can both get by, yep wider than it looked. Whew!
I changed the settings on my new camera to sunsets and wow, the color and detail was much better. There happened to be a forest fireon the mountain across from us and I'm sure that added to the vibrant colors of the sunset.
We decided to have our own fire and Jerry likes my firestarters made with toilet paper rolls, dryer lint and candle wax. They work really well. Jerry had taken some wood and we just sat on top of the world enjoying the stars, views, talking about life & "stuff" and being in the moment.
Wanted to use my self timer but forgot how to set my back fill light setting on my camera. Then I remembered coming off the mountain that I had to flip my flash up for it to work. Oh well, still nice shot of Jerry, me and Mark and then one of Jerry and Mark with a wine glass between them. BTW the wine was from Savannah Shores winery in Etowah, so we were keeping it local!
Then, I heard a car, actually a truck. I said, "that truck sound awfully close." Then we realized we were not going to be along any more. You have never seen three people move so fast. Jerry took the cooler and poured the ice on the fire coals to put them out, Mark and I picked up the chairs and were off to the truck. Of course it was pitch black up here by then, my phone was in the car and I couldn't see so Jerry pulled his phone out and gave me the light to see down the steps. By the time we got to the car the big old "red neck" truck pulled into the parking area. We were ready to jump in the truck and lock the doors. The truck had dark tinted windows but I'd say it was a couple coming up to park. On our way down we passed another "red neck" truck coming up.
So, it was time to go for us and I'll have to say my "date" would be one I would go back on anytime. Everything was perfect. Thanks, Jerry.