Campsite North of Watauga Lake
Flat, high ground covered by leaves and hemlock needles. Hemlock crowns towering high overhead. Ready-made fire ring nearby. No other hikers. Perfect campsite. Just down the hill is Watauga Lake, which is between Damascus (VA) and Erwin (TN) on the Appalachian Trail.
This is our tent, a Nomad Wanderlust 2-4-2, or something like that. It weighs less than a pound, or something like that. Looks like those tent-setting-upping lessons were worth it!