Our friend, Paolo suggested the Obed when we were visiting their family in Nashville. I am so thankful we found out about it! We drove in having no idea what to expect. The directions to the camping were online and slightly vague. Basically, a couple named Del and Marte opened up their private property for climbers to camp in. So the directions tell you to go down a road until you see a mailbox and turn right. We slowly headed down the road and see a house and a cute dog running around. Eventually, we keep creeping down the drive until we see camping rules and a campfire ring. We find a spot and start setting up camp. The little dog comes and checks on us periodically, but otherwise we are the only ones around.
|Our lovely campsite:)|
|The air compressor!!! Such a cool hunk of metal.|
|Tipsy, Del, and Zach|
The people were our favorite part of the Obed, but we did buy a guidebook and get out climbing. It was epic! Their were roofs extending out over beautiful walls of sandstone rock, riddled with holds just waiting to be pulled on. To top it off, their were hardly any other people out and about! Our first day, we ran into about six people. Zach and I climbed lots of classics and I lead 3 climbs. It was an exciting day of climbing, full of fun moves and exciting falls:) We were quickly realizing, this place was amazing!
|Zach getting to the anchors on Solstice, 12a.|
|Hiking to the climbing.|
|Tipsy guarding us from the vultures:)|
|Little Kitty hanging out with us.|
|Zach making faces while Blake climbs, Gangsta, 12a.|
|Blake climbing, Clyde the Mega Dude, 11c.|
|Me on Ticks are for Kids, 10a.|
|Zach working his project, Gangsta, 12a.|
|Lyrics to my new favorite song:)|
|The perma tent. Monster drops things off the top and we all hang out around the fire.|
|The Lilly Pad General Store meets all your camping needs:)|
|Climbing Tarantella, 10a.|
|Enjoying another day with my love!|
The holds and climbs were getting a little too wet for us to keep climbing, so we decided to hike up and see the scenic overlook above the climbing areas. We got to the top and it was beautiful! The water was flowing below and the trees covering all the bluffs above the river were gorgeous. I wish the leaves would have been changing, but it was still great!! It may be a contender for an outdoor wedding:)
|The view from the scenic outlook.|
Monday morning, we finally decided it was time to head out. We found Del and hung out with him for a while. He gave us some of Marte's hot sauce and a jar of local honey gathered by a guy we had met named David. We got to say goodbye to Tipsy and Monster and last of all Del. We came into the driveway unsure of what we were going to find and we ended up leaving a home. I miss being their tonight and can only imagine what Del got running tonight. There will no doubt be a new group rolling in and hopefully they take the time to get to know the people and the place. Its totally worth it!! Thanks for being such gracious hosts and friends to us, Del and Marte!! We are so grateful and can't wait to come back!!
|Enjoying our new friends in Wartburg, TN.|
|Jimmy's blacksmithing setup!|