Luckily, Hop and I were planning to go driving into the mountains, so he was able to go to the dumpster and throw the stuff away. Yuck!!
So I went into the Smoky Mountains for the first time today. We drove from here to Linoir City, south of here, and then went along the Citico Creek (a creek that goes into the mountains). It was really cool to drive along and listen to the various waterfalls as the creek cascaded down steps in the mountain. Even with getting as little rain as we've gotten, the creek came, and originated, from springs throughout the mountain. Very cool. We turned off of Citico Creek and went to another creek that I can't remember what it's name was, and went up the mountain a ways on this really curvy gravel road (we'd been on gravel for about 15 miles on Citico Creek Roda until now). We stopped at a campsight with no people in it, and just experienced nature for a while. Hop says that if he were blindfolded, he could tell that he was in the Smokys right away because of how it feels and smells. It was definitely unique feeling. Since the area was pretty secluded, there was a pretty complete canopy of trees over us. Reminded me of being in a cool rain forest without the tropical feel. The creek water wasn't overly cold, but it was cool enough (I stuck my hand in, I didn't fall in), and I could definitely tell a difference between what it's like here and what it was like in the mountains. I definitely wouldn't mind camping near that creek. If you've ever heard those nature tapes with tracks like "mountain brook" or "mountain stream" that's exactly how this stream sounded. How cool would it be to fall asleep to that?
We came back by a bit of a different path, and stopped at a BP for ... fried chicken? Yes, I stopped at a gas station for fried chicken because Hop said it was probably the best fried chicken around the area minus KFC. It was pretty good for sure.
Hop and I had a good time, and we enjoyed talking about his politics and mine, and of course, work stuff. I'm looking forward to a trout fishing trip in the near future for sure.
Going to church tomorrow. This is fast Sunday (we fast every first Sunday for two meals), and I haven't had a chance to be in a fast and testimony meeting at a family ward. Should be interesting. Well, need to get to bed. I don't know if I have a ride to church, I wasn't able to get a hold of the normal person who takes me, so tomorrow could be interesting. It took an hour and a half to get down there and the same to get back, so I'm kinda tired of travelling/sitting, so I think I'll read scriptures and get horizontal. More soon.
Updat: My aunt sent me this joke, and I thought it warranted entereing into the journal, especially after talking to Hop about his Libertarian politics :), not that he's not got valid points but anyway.
One afternoon a lawyer was riding in his limousine when he saw two men along the roadside eating grass.
Disturbed, he ordered his driver to stop and he got out to investigate.
He asked one man, "Why are you eating grass?"
"We don't have any money for food," the poor man replied.
"We have to eat grass."
"Well, then, you can come with me to my house and I'll feed you," the lawyer said.
"But sir, I have a wife and two children with me.
They are over there, under that tree."
"Bring them along," the lawyer replied.
Turning to the other poor man he stated, "You come with us, also."
The second man, in a pitiful voice, then said, "But sir, I also have a wife and SIX children with me!"
"Bring them all, as well," the lawyer answered.
They all entered the car, which was no easy task, even for a car as large as the limousine. Once underway, one of the poor fellows turned to the lawyer
and said, "Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you."
The lawyer replied, "Glad to do it. You'll really love my place.
The grass is almost a foot high."
update2: it rained yesterday for about an hour and it's supposed to rain tomorrow, at least maybe, a 50% chance, which is amazingly huge for here. Good stuff.