Big Creek Camping
In August of 2002, we went to North Carolina for a bit of a vacation before seminary classes started for me and school started for Stewart. We had only been camping a couple of times during the summer, so we wanted to camp. I talked to my parents, and they agreed to camp with us at Big Creek, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. So, we headed to North Carolina, stayed at Mom and Dad's for one night, and then headed for the campground.
We got to the campground just in time; there were only two spots left. We set up camp in a really nice spot next to the creek. We found out later that the only reason the spot was empty was that the rangers kicked a rowdy group out of it a few hours earlier. After we set up our tents, we headed up the Big Creek Trail toward Midnight Hole. Midnight Hole is a deep, crystalline pool of icy water at the base of a small waterfall. There are some huge rocks beside the waterfall that are suitable for jumping into the pool. I didn't have my swimming trunks, so I didn't swim, but the water sure did look inviting. Dad, Stewart, and I continued up the trail to Mouse Creek Falls, and Mom and Crystal went back to camp. Mouse Creek Falls was beautiful even though it was not at full flow. The water level in all the creeks was pretty low, probably because of the time of year.