Blairsville, Georgia (predicted high 56, predicted low 29)
My Weatherbug app on my phone has missed the mark on low temperature predictions. It was supposed to “only” get down to 23 degrees last night, but when it was 24 degrees at 8 pm, we knew it was going to get much colder.
When we reluctantly got out of our warm bed this morning, it was 17.8 degrees!
This was supposed to be our last extremely cold night, but who knows.
After the sun came up yesterday morning, it looked like it was going to be a beautiful day. The sky was blue, and the air was crisp.
We had been wanting to go back to Brasstown Bald (the highest peak in Georgia), because we were told on a clear day you could see the Atlanta skyline. Cold weather makes for clear skies.
We didn’t get a very early start, but took the drive over to Brasstown and found mostly bare trees at the higher elevations.
This is the view as we approached Brasstown Bald yesterday.
This is how it looked in August.
This next picture is how it looked a few weeks ago.
It turned out that the cold air did make it more clear and we could actually see the Atlanta skyline, which is about 80 miles away as the crow flies.
Here is the view we saw. Atlanta is there. Can you see it?
You really needed binoculars or a good zoom lens on your camera.
Here it is with my “stalker” lens on my little Canon.
You can just make out the Atlanta skyline.
We have been wondering if this area would still be pretty once the leaves all fell.
We got our answer yesterday.
Yes. It’s still beautiful.
I believe this is Lake Chatuge.
This is a nice little campground that we haven’t been able to find yet.
Here is the same campground a few weeks ago.
It was a little chilly up on the top, but look at those blue skies.
This is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the view…..on a warmer day.
This sign was something we haven’t seen a lot of.
We are still dragging our feet on when to head south. Now we are thinking of leaving Saturday. I hope we haven’t made a mistake, because now they are predicting a 20% chance of rain on Saturday, with increasing rain chances on Sunday. We’re trying to pick the best weather, with the least amount of Atlanta traffic.
I got a comment on yesterdays blog, reminding us to use the diesel engine heater before starting the engine. We never even thought of that. We looked at our manual and it said we would need to warm up the engine, if the temperature was 15 or below. It looks like it will at least be in the 40’s Saturday morning, so we should be okay.
My question for all of you with diesel engines. If you try to start a cold diesel engine, will it just not start, or will it damage the engine if you try? At what temperature do you turn on the engine heat? How long do you need to heat up the engine, or do you just plug it the night before you plan on starting the engine? I assume you don’t need to do that unless you intend on starting the motor. Our manual wasn’t very specific.
Thanks for the reminder Gin. We’re not used to cold weather and never even thought of it.
We were talking the other day, and had to laugh that we may need to run the heat when leave here. We almost always run the generator and house air conditioner, but have never had to run the heat! This might be the first time.
While I’m asking questions. Have any of you had any problems with the black or fresh water tank freezing? We disconnected the hose overnight, and are using water from the fresh water tank. The black tank is almost full, and we left the gray tank valve open. There is a heater in the in the wet bay and we turned it on. It’s pretty warm in the house, but we did leave the cabinets open under the sinks.
Is there anything else we should be doing? We’re certainly not used to weather this cold. Any suggestions or tips will be appreciated.