On Sunday four campers from Campsite 41 down by the Big Trees appeared at the Dogtrot. They ended up staying for brunch. I had a chance to visit with one. He said they came up the Hemphill Bald Trail and had intended to go to Hemphill Bald, but decided to take the Park’s Asbury Trail to the left for a bit when a scarecrow appeared in the field across from the Park Fence. Then they saw a man with a Navy blazer on and a Sunday NYTimes in his hands. Dan greeted them and that is how they ended up having brunch with us.
We had a coincidence earlier this week — two separate couples arrived within hours of one another, each after taking their child to Greystone Camp. They are both from Birmingham and were familiar with one another but had not known of each others’ plans to visit The Swag! Tuesday morning at breakfast, just about everyone decided to sit at “The Grownup Table” to visit and talk about favorite hikes.
Mac and Margaret Foster have been working for some time on what they call “The Chestnut Grove” in the land below our Cottage. They have been collecting chestnuts from our land, nurturing them over the winter, and then planting them back @ The Swag. McRae, our gardener, has put some fencing around the smaller ones, but there are some that are quite tall and the trunks are thickening. We plan to put up some signs, when we have a good trail marked around them so that folks may take a look at them in the fall.
Yesterday, Matthew and Mark, our web site photographers, arrived to photograph for you