A secondary reason for my visit to Elkmont Campground this month was an opportunity for a Sisters On The Fly event.
I originally joined this organization two years ago. The vintage trailers and camaraderie appealed to me and I was looking for others who liked to camp. After all, what is not to like about camping trailers, horses and fly fishing (although I've yet to attempt the latter)?
I've scheduled two or three trips over those two years but for one reason or another had cancelled every one of them. I was determined to get in at least one trip this year before my membership expired yet again.
Wanting to see the fireflies in the Smokies, this seemed like the time to do it! I signed up, convinced a camping friend to go with me to try it out, and away we went.
This is a HUGE event for SOTF with over 80 "sisters" attending from all across the country. In that regard, it was hard to meet everyone. There were several people there that I have met through T@B camping and rallies (the greatest bunch of people ever) and I tended to gravitate toward them.
There were several events that I didn't partake in - a fly fishing excursion and a trolley trip to Cades Cove. Potlucks for breakfast and dinner and a ranger walk through what used to be the town of Elkmont were ones I did participate in.
I enjoyed meeting a few new people, and the "prom" (which was the one event I thought I'd pass on) turned out to be great fun watching everyone. They truly do "have more fun than anyone"!
Would I go again -- maybe. It was very scheduled and a little regimented for me, though I don't know how you would do it any differently with that many people and the organizers did a great job. I think I'd like to try a smaller event where you have a better chance of getting to know people. I did enjoy the women I met and seeing all the different trailers. There were at least three vintage Airstreams that I didn't manage to get a picture of. Here are just a few of the vintage campers that were there...