Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The 10th Annual SSPBDT Vacation

The 10th Annual SSPBDT Mancation
Camp Buff
Rutherford County, NC
Friday October 16th, 2015 through Sunday, October 18th, 2015

The SSPBDT hanging out around the campfire at Camp Buff

Since 2006, the SSPBDT (Spartanburg Steel Products Beer Drinking Team) has gotten together somewhere in Carolina Mountains for a weekend of Camping, Drinking, Eating and all around good times!  We call this our annual SSPBDT Mancation.

This years event was held at Camp Buff, a redneck haven located in the Bills Creek area of Lake Lure, NC.

While I prefer a more traditional campground, Camp Buff does have it's advantages.
1.  We don't have to worry about reserving campsites and/or making sure we snag enough sites for our group.
2.  We don't have to worry about our disturbing other campers
3.  There are no campground hosts with direct access to the Federal to worry about
4.  Plenty of Far Wood for some very impressive Jack Fires
5.  It is Free
Joe (the owner of Camp Buff) cutting up some Far Wood

Most of the group rolled in on Friday sometime between morning twilight and late afternoon and proceeded to set up camp.

Steve-O's Tent at the Camp Buff Entrance

My Tent at Camp Buff

Jeff's Camping Emporium

 Scott's Tent

There is a network of trails withing walking distance of Camp Buff which provided a good little workout, but nothing camera worthy.  There is a decent view from Camp Buff Road.

View from Camp Buff Road

The rest of the evening was spent drinking, eating, star gazing, and hanging around the campfire.

The Campfire in from of Joe's Trailer at Camp Buff

 Star Trails

Saturday Morning I got up early to meet up with some of my hiking buddies up at Linville Gorge.  I will do the trip report from that hike in a separate blog post, but here is one photo from that hike.

view of Lake James from Shortoff Mountain - Linville Gorge Wilderness, NC

While I was out hiking, Steve-O and Jeff from the legendary Piglet Enemy BBQ team had been slaving over the smoker all day preparing our evening meal.

Piglet Enemy!  The worlds greatest BBQ Team!

 Steve-O tending to his award winning Brisket

I arrived back at Camp Buff just in time to join in on an awesome meal!

Here are a few more photos from the 10th Annual SSPBDT Mancation Camping Weekend!

 Joe watches Jeff prepare some grub while Steve-O lines up his Pellet Gun

Scott taking aim at the target with Steve-O's Pellet Gun

Joe, Scott, and Steve around the Campfire

Jim takes aim with the sling shot

Joe, Me, Jim, Steve, and Jeff around the Campfire

 Joe and Jim
The complete set of photos is posted here:

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