Archives for October 2009

Fall Foliage by Frank

We’ve had several requests for more photos of the fall foliage around camp, so Frank set out to take some photos. These are some of the wonderful views of camp that only happen once a year. Enjoy!

Photo from camp of our upper lake and the fall foliage.

View of the upper lake and swim docks.

Photo of the Green River overlook from camp and the fall leaf color change.

Overlook of the valley from camp road.

Another photo from the overlook on camp road and the fall leaf color change.

Another view from the camp overlook.

The Flag outside the Dining Hall.

The path leading to the main office.

Around camp.

Camp road is pretty in the fall.

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Big Boomin' Fun

Andrew Smith

Thanks to the wonderful fall weather patterns, the rivers and creeks of the southeast are flowing strong – and paddlers are reaping the benefits!

Andrew Smith, Cory Hopkins, and Ben Williams took the chance to make a splash as they ran Hooker Falls in DuPont State Forest several times with just the right amount of water.

Corey Hopkins

The slightly cooler temperature was a blessing, as they had the river to themselves.

Andrew was a staff member this summer, and is planning on returning to camp in 2010. He attends Valdosta State University.

Corey attends Furman University and is a veteran FCC staff member.

Ben Williams

On your next visit to Tuxedo, you may want to stop by and enjoy the wonders of DuPont State Forest. It is home to some amazing waterfalls.

Photo Credit: Dave Rogers, Lexington, SC

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Tennessee to Ohio

Yates traveled to Libby and Ross Cheek’s home in Nashville on Sunday to show the camp movies. He was thrilled to catch up with a big group that included new families, veteran campers, staff and alumni.

Photo from our camp movie show in Nashville Tennessee.

Nashville, Tennessee

Jamie Kaplan, a seven-year camper and staff member at Falling Creek, came by to offer his support and insight to the new parents and boys who are thinking about coming to camp this summer. Jamie is a junior civil engineering major from Atlanta, who is enjoying his experience at Vanderbilt University.

Margaret Anderson, a veteran FCC nurse, is an instructor at the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Her son Gage is returning to camp for his fifth summer. We feel fortunate that Margaret is returning to serve as a camp nurse in June.

Will Weaver and Brendan Finucane were Falling Creek campers in the 80’s. They are certainly pleased that their sons are getting to share in the same FCC experience they received. We are also excited that the Cheek’s son William will be returning for his sixth summer and attending Main camp.

Louisville, Kentucky

Yates then made his way north on Monday to Louisville, to meet up with several families at Franklin and Hollis Stark’s home. The photo includes a portion of those that attended. Franklin and August, who are cousins and campers at FCC, were a big help to Yates in answering questions from the families who are new to Falling Creek. We know the boys are excited to be returning to camp this summer, August for his fourth and Franklin for his sixth.

Cincinnati, Ohio

On Tuesday Yates was delighted to visit Chalky and Beth Thomas’ home in Cincinnati to show the camp movies. Chalky, an FCC alumnus from the 70’s is pleased that their son Blake will be returning to FCC for his fourth summer to attend Main Camp.

Chip Skidmore, who attended FCC in the 70’s, brought his son Carson, who plans to return to June camp this summer. Carson’s cousins will be attending June camp this summer for their first FCC experience. Their father, Jeff, attended Falling Creek in the 70’s as well.

We want to thank the Cheek’s, Stark’s and Thomas’ for graciously hosting the Falling Creek Camp movies in their homes and offering the chance for new families to learn more about FCC and allowing the returning campers, staff and alumni to reconnect.

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Crom's Cool Cycling

Crom riding his mountain bike.

With peak leaf season underway, what’s better than spending a day mountain biking with friends? Crom, a long-time FCC camper and staff member, and Johnathan Bain, another FCC alumnus, met up with Ben Williams for such an adventure.

With a flurry of last-minute phone calls and text messages to get everyone on the same plan, Crom left Knoxville right on time. The afternoon was shaping up to be an amazing event with the group looking to ride the upper reaches of Trace Ridge in Pisgah National Forest to the Hendersonville Reservoir.


Having arrived at the meeting spot, Ben and Johnathan received news of an epic traffic jam on I-40 in the Pigeon River Gorge. When the traffic finally cleared, Crom raced towards Pisgah as the last rays of sunshine dropped out of sight.



“Cool & Creamy” with Crom and Render.

Change of plans… they decided to meet at their favorite mexican food restaurant, which conveniently happens to have a huge salsa selection and massive burritos. Perfect.

Arriving just before the dinner rush, the trio enjoyed a wonderful dinner – sharing camp memories, talking about what is happening for the summer of 2010 and sharing thoughts to make FCC’s mountain biking program continue to be the best in the camp industry.

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Fall Foliage

The leaves reached their peak this week in WNC. Tourists from all over come to this area to see the foliage change colors.

Autumn leaves changing color in Pisgah National Forest.

View from Devil’s Courthouse in Pisgah.

Robert Kirby, Simon, and Nathan took the opportunity to drive into Pisgah National Forest to see the scenery. Enjoy these photos from camp, Gilbert’s Rock and Pisgah National Forest taken this weekend.

View from the overlook at FCC.

Trees above the cabins at FCC.

A stream in Pisgah.

Red berries on a tree in Pisgah.

View from the top of Gilbert’s Rock.

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