Huron, Ohio

June 10 – June 13, 2016

I am sorry it has taken so long to get this post up, but the internet has been kind of sketchy lately and I could not get the picture to load.

So here we go, let me catch you up on our last week.20160610_090820We left Michigan Friday morning and headed to Ohio.20160610_104318They have service plazas on I-90 in Ohio that have hook ups for traveling RVers. Very cool.

Mini-Table 7 Reunion in Huron, Ohio.  We stayed at the Huron River Valley Resort, Marina and Campground.  Not a bad place.  We had electric and water and a very level site.  We arrived on Friday afternoon, had a small scare when the level up system stopped working.  But Cliff jiggled some wires around and it started working. Wha-lah!20160610_133526I forgot to take a photo of our site, but you can see it on the left.  This is where Roger and Dawn are going to park when they get here. Very nice long, level pull through sites.20160610_161921Heike and Chris wanted to make sure Cliff’s Whooping stick was still in one piece.  He has been pretty good lately, so no need to use it.20160610_175810Heike and Chris got here late afternoon and Roger and Dawn arrived around 5:30.  We are all set up and enjoying seeing each other again.  We sure wish Lisa and Todd were here. It would have made the weekend totally complete.20160610_175823We had appetizers and wine and special vodka drinks that Chris makes.20160610_180211Then Roger and Dawn bring out the most special gift I have ever seen. You see, Roger is a Farrier.  He shoes horses and he made each of us a Christmas Tree out of horseshoes. Each shoe has a small hole at the top to hang an ornament. You should see all the things he makes with horseshoes.  It is amazing!!20160610_180245Now we have to figure out how to get this to Lisa and Todd.  Cliff and I will be the closest ones to them later in the summer, so we hope we can get this to them.20160610_185352Heike and Cliff, the two real estate agents, talking smack all weekend.20160610_185428Chris and Heike and Chris’ Long John Silvers cup.  That thing must be 20 years old.20160610_192042Buddy – Smile20160610_192055Okay!20160610_192058We had such a wonderful evening.  Roger and Dawn brought out some food and we did some grilling.

Saturday, June 11, 201620160611_095229This is Chris’ boat. The forecast called for rain all day, but when Saturday got here, it turned into a very beautiful day for a boat ride.20160611_10154820160611_101640This is a very nice marina on Huron River.20160611_101712Huron Lagoon Marina20160611_10172820160611_10224920160611_102412That is Lake Erie.  So far this is the fourth Great Lake we have seen.  We have been on the water on Lake Huron, Lake Superior and now Lake Erie.  We only saw Lake Michigan, but did not go on it.20160611_102817Chris’ boat has got some power. 20160611_103659It was a little choppy going out, so we all had to hold on.20160611_103712The water sprayed up on the sides of the boat.20160611_10441020160611_104414Me with the Captain.20160611_104752Cedar Point – Known as the roller coaster capital of the world. More picture later.20160611_10511420160611_105432Lots of beautiful sailboats.20160611_105952This is “Dock of the Bay Marina” in Sandusky, Ohio.20160611_11012020160611_110314Sailboat races.20160611_11073820160611_11082120160611_110952(0)You can see the car on the track coming over the top.20160611_11114720160611_111353Large wooden coaster.20160611_11160020160611_111830A great day for a boat ride.20160611_111840The birds are loving it.20160611_11185220160611_11190820160611_11201720160611_112042People out on jet skis.  Water is still a little to chilly for me.20160611_112058Nice classic antique boats.20160611_112455Cedar Point.20160611_112538Nice boat.20160611_112559Check out this ride.  Straight up and over and straight down.20160611_112619That twisted ride looks crazy.20160611_11272420160611_112820This would not be my cup of tea!20160611_11291720160611_11292820160611_113008There they go – UP!20160611_11302620160611_113122Cedar Point is a 365-acre amusement park.  It opened in 1870.  It is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the US.  The park features 71 rides, including 17 roller coasters which is the second -most in the world behind Six Flags Magic Mountain in California.20160611_114108Nice place right on the water.20160611_115751Back to the marina20160611_115824And all the nice sailboats.20160611_120554We went on a cruise of Huron River and the canals.  Nice houses in here.20160611_12060720160611_120652And nice boats.20160611_120723One of Chris and Heike’s friends lives here.20160611_12091320160611_12092720160611_120946Nice place.20160611_121155Those are some pretty good looking plastic palm trees.20160611_12120520160611_121245Looky there, one of Heike’s listings.20160611_121249Nice place Heike.20160611_121625We all decided this would be the best.  It is right on the point.20160611_132942Off to lunch under this huge umbrellas.20160611_132903But not at Table 15, ugh!20160611_135219Yes, Table 7 will do.20160611_133603Dawn and Roger enjoying the day.20160611_133606Heike and Cliff20160611_135238Oh, Table 7, less Lisa and Todd and John. We missed you guys.  The beer was good and Cold.20160611_135445Perch sandwich.  My first time, it was delicious.20160611_153515Heike’s find for the marina friends.

 

Sunday June 12, 201620160612_084009Breakfast Sunday morning at Main Street Tavern.20160612_084128Cool place and the food was great.

We said our good-byes to Roger and Dawn. They had to head back home.  One of Chris’ best friends, Chris Jensen, is having a graduation party for his son Jim.  And we got invited. So we thought, why not, we have never been to a graduation party in Ohio and when will we ever get invited to another one.  Plus we get to spend a few more hours with Chris and Heike.20160612_13121220160612_131214We had a blast! Cliff got to play corn hole.20160612_13121620160612_131235That is Jim throwing.  He is the Graduate.20160612_13123820160612_135908Meet Chuck.  He loves the water and likes to drag logs out of the lake and bring them to the party area at the marina.20160612_135912He is so handsome.20160612_141508Really small dog.20160612_141558The host, Chris Jensen, on the left.20160612_141222Thank you Tara, Jim and Chris for inviting us to the party.  That was very special.  Tara is the mother of the graduate on the left.  She certainly knows how to throw a wonderful party. Thank you again.

Thanks to Chris and Heike and Dawn and Roger, we had a wonderful weekend with new friends that we will have for live.  We are so blessed to have met you all.

Catch Up and Heading North

Monday May 23, 2016

The DRV factory representative came to our campground with a tech and Jay from Twin Lakes RV Repair.  They discussed what had to be done to fix the slide.  Told us they had seen this before and it was a piece of cake to fix it. Are you kidding me, it took A WEEK for that?  Jay had to move some units around to get us in by Wednesday.  In the mean time, we made the best of the time we had left.20160523_160945We went to dinner at Essenhaus with David and Kathi.  It was good, but not as good as The Blue Gate.  In our opinion.

Tuesday May 24, 2016       Kind of a quite day, Cliff washed the 5th Wheel and we made a trip to Walmart.  We thawed some shrimp that we bought in North Carolina.  Invited David and Kathi to dinner. They had some shrimp from their visit to Louisiana. 20160524_174441The Louisiana shrimp is on the left.  It was smaller than the NC shrimp, but it was so sweet and very good.  They bought it from a guy just off a boat.  They had to clean it and freeze it, just like we did.20160524_174446We both had some fresh asparagus and some guacamole.  It was all good.20160524_184405Even Harry enjoyed himself.20160524_184621Then he was out.20160524_191143We enjoyed our last evening with our new friends from California, David and Kathi.  Kathi loves to cook and is very good at it.  She shared some good recipes for food and an all natural bug spray and bathroom cleaner.  They both work great.20160524_191150

Wednesday May 25, 2016

We said our good-byes and headed to Twin Lakes RV Repair.  We dropped off the home again.  It is Wednesday, so we headed to the Shipshewana Flea Market and Auction.  They had an Auction every Wednesday.  It was busy.  We did not buy anything at the auction, but did buy a kite and wind sock from the Kite Man. We had lunch at 5&20 Country Kitchen and drove to Elkhart to the Lowe’s. 20160525_175151Back to the Holiday Inn for the evening.  This time we got a newly remodeled room.  This was a very comfortable chaise lounge and side table.  Nice touch and a great addition.

 

Thursday May 25, 201620160526_104321Waiting for the 5th Wheel to get finished, so we did some more sightseeing.  This store in Shipshewana has the best lawn art items.  Too bad we can’t buy anything.20160526_112748Beautiful pottery at The Blue Gate Restaurant.20160526_113333Pies at The Blue Gate Bakery.20160526_121230We went back to Eash Sales to look around.20160526_124452They have these beautiful wind spinners.20160526_124544Colorful chairs and barn art.20160526_12453220160526_143604Then we went and sat by the Lagrange County Courthouse and waited for the phone call.  Jay called and said we are ready.20160526_170142Jay asked that we spend the night in his parking lot so that we could test the slide.  He wanted to move it in and out a few more times before we took off to the north. It is working great now.

Friday May 27, 201620160527_064359Our new heroes, Jay (on the left) and Fly of Twin Lakes RV Repair..  They fixed us up and finished all of the other warranty items.  Jay fixed my trash can cabinet with new hinges and a custom shelf. They really took good care of us.  We will be back to have annual service and maintenance taken care of.  Thank you Jay and Fly.20160527_081632Heading to northern Michigan. They have a Bellevue too.20160527_094101We saw these huge windmills.20160527_09412520160527_094140Driving straight up I-127 to Mount Pleasant.20160527_110805We made it to the Isabella County Fairgrounds.  $15.00 a night for Passport Members.  We had 30 amp and water.  Very neat place.  We would recommend this to anyone. Easy in and out and not far from the Interstate.20160527_110722We were set up by 11:15. 20160527_110931This little steeple was on the hill at the corner.  See our 5th wheel in the background?20160527_11095420160527_111013We had almost the whole place to ourselves.  Three popups showed up and set up, but we never heard a peep out of anyone.

Saturday May 28, 201620160528_103825We headed north on 127 and it connected to I-75. We saw a rest area that had a Scenic pull off, so we decided to check it out.20160528_103953Nice trail up.20160528_10424520160528_104401That is Burt Lake in the distance.20160528_104640Beautiful wild flowers on the trail.20160528_131738Cliff decided to check the tires at the rest stop and noticed the tire on the right was starting to bulge and separate. We were not far from the campground, so we continued on.20160528_131809We made it to Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping and set up in Site 776.  Nice and deep.  Cliff called Coach Net, our road side emergency service, and explained about the tire. They said they would send someone as soon as possible.  We are here for a week, so we could have waited until after the holiday weekend.  They sent someone anyway.  He put the spare tire on the unit and off he went.  This is the second time we have used Coach Net to change a tire.  The service has already paid for itself.  Thanks Coach Net.  We are now in search for new tires.20160528_180723The campground gives the children rides on an old fire engine through the park.  This is a very large campground.20160528_200041I walked down to the shore line to get my first look at the Mackinac Bridge.  Longest suspension bridge in the Unites States.20160528_200129The shore line was busy waiting on the sunset and the fireworks.20160528_201333It was worth the wait.20160528_20161720160528_201654

Sunday May 29, 201620160529_083237Nice view of the bridge this morning.20160529_084850We went for a drive around Mickinaw City, MI.20160529_084854These May Flies are everywhere, especially near the water.  It was crazy.20160529_101305We found this fresh fish market.  They were so nice and gave us some samples which lead to us buying some smoked trout.  It is wonderful.20160529_103256Check out the view at this house!20160529_103319Beautiful house in downtown Mackinaw City, MI.20160529_103505View from the city park.20160529_104856Old Mackinac Point Light Station. Founded 1889. This is right in the middle of town by the bridge.20160529_104925We also learned that the word Mackinac and Mackinaw are both pronounced with the ‘aw’. It does not matter how they are spelled.20160529_105756Colonial Michilimackinac.  This Colonial village was built by the French in 1714.  During the following years the British military took control of the community until the Indians attached them in 1763.  The British moved the fort to Mackinac Island and renamed it Fort Mackinac.  This site has been restored and is currently an archaeological site.20160529_105746The visitor center in right under the bridge.20160529_120009We went to Walmart in Cheboygan. It is fun just saying the name. You can see it on the water tower behind the store.20160529_124846And there was a Big Boy. Have not seen one of these in a long time.20160531_201245And another beautiful sunset.

Monday May 30, 2016  Memorial Day.   We spent the whole day touring Mackinac Island. When we got back to the campground, it was almost deserted.  So we looked around and found a nice new site with a view of the water and bridge.  The office staff said it was fine and we got $19.00 back because it is a 30 amp site and we had a 50 amp site.  Even better.20160530_165811What a view.  Worth every penny.20160530_16582720160530_16584820160530_19481320160530_20072820160530_20444120160530_202126That is Mackinac Island.20160530_210612The bridge at night is beautiful.20160531_043546Sunrise from our back door.

I will do a separate blog for Mackinac Island and Sault St.Marie.

Wednesday June 1, 2016  Rainy Day 20160601_144533There are always those days that are just yucky. Not every day is paradise.  But these are the perfect days to get the chores done.20160601_111547Today is Laundry Day.  It even said so on the wall in the back.20160601_111537Not bad.  We had not done laundry in over a week.  They had large and small washers, so we took advantage and took everything we could think of that needed washing.  It cost $11.00 to do 3 loads of wash and one large dryer.20160601_121120We had a late lunch at Darrow’s Family Restaurant.  Very good.20160601_11493120160601_12103820160601_121056We both had Gulumpki for the first time.  Kind of like cabbage soup.  It was very good, especially on a chilly, rainy day.   We played a few rounds of Tri-ominos and watched American Ninja Warrior on TV.

The next few blogs will be about Mackinac Island and Sault St. Marie.

Indiana

May 16 – ??20160516_074451Crossing the new bridge from Kentucky to Indiana20160516_074459Cool bridge20160516_090512I saw this and thought Cliff had turned around somewhere20160516_151144We made it to Lagrange, Indiana. Twin Lakes RV Service.  Jay does warranty work for DRV when they are full. Tomorrow, Jay will put this rig in his shop and we will have to get a hotel room for a few days.20160516_151640Indiana has some rough roads, especially I-69 north of Indianapolis.  We just got this painting back from the artist, Pam Turner and we hung it while we were in Nashville.  The command stripes we used to mount it passed the road test.  It was still on the wall when we got to Lagrange.  Yeah!20160516_164939We had dinner at Howe Restaurant in Howe, IN.20160516_17005720160516_172419Largest serving of chopped steak I think I have ever seen.  Very good food, but they give you a lot of it.  If you are ever in the area, look them up.  Howe is right at the border of Michigan and Indiana.

Tuesday May 17, 201620160516_174228Since Twin Lakes RV Service has our 5th wheel, we decided to go sightseeing in Lagrange and Shipshewana, Indiana.  Large Amish community.20160516_174953_001Buggy parking at the Courthouse in Lagrange.20160517_084505We went looking for Lambright Comfort Chairs because we have 2 recliners and we thought we might want to add the folding tables.  I am the one that does all the googling and trying to figure out the directions.20160517_084345When I told Cliff to turn down this road, he hesitated.  “Are you sure?”20160517_084313Just a little ways up the dirt road, there it is.  They make the best recliner we have ever sat in. We had a nice visit with the owner.20160517_100347Check out the lighthouses with solar lights in the top.20160517_100355Shopping at the Eash Market.20160517_10033920160517_101258Then it was off to the Shipshewana Flea Market.  We have heard a lot about it.20160517_102840It was great.  Very cool stuff.20160517_145552Then we drove to Centreville, Michigan.  This is where Larry and Teresa live.  They were our neighbors in Bushnell, Florida this past winter.  This is where he keeps his rig. Yes, it was rainy and cold.20160517_145557They have a beautiful farm.20160517_153442We met up with Justin and Wanda, also our neighbors in Bushnell.  They took us to Curly’s in Colon, Michigan.  It was burger night.  We really enjoyed our visit with these new friends.20160517_15443220160517_180233We saw our first covered bridge.

Wednesday May 18, 2016

We took a tour of the DRV Mobile Suites plant.  Did not learn very much and forgot to take a picture.  We also went to Menno-Hof, the Amish and Mennonite Story.welcomeThe Mennonites, Amish and Hutterites come from the Anabaptist movement that began during the Reformation in 16th-century Europe.  The word “Anabaptist” means to “rebaptize”. This name was attached to a group of believers who called for voluntary, adult baptisms at a time when the state allowed only infant baptism.  The Anabaptist movement began in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1525.  The Anabaptist were violently persecuted by Catholic and Protestant authorities who considered their stance both heresy and treason.  If you ever get a chance to take this tour, it is worth every penny.  The Amish and Mennonite communities in Northern Indiana built this building in 6 days.

20160519_092916The sun came out and we drove around the area.  This is the best cheese around.  We were told there was a cheese factory tour here, but there are just 2 windows that look into where the cheese is made.  No one there to tell anything about the process.  It was still very interesting.20160519_111453This is called a Quilt Garden.

Thursday May 19, 2016

5th wheel still in the service center.20160519_112045We drove to Middlebury and picked up a CD for the Heritage Trail.  You drive through this beautiful country and listen to the CD about each town and history of the area.  Very well done and worth the drive.  We stopped at Amish Acres and walked around.20160519_112032They have a playhouse, but we did not have time to stay for the play.  This is an historic farmstead with guided tours.20160519_113242Amish Acres is in Nappanee, IN.20160519_113754They offer buggy rides.20160519_113855It is beautiful country up here.  Pictures just don’t do it justice.20160519_175727Then it was off to dinner with Jack and Carla at The Blue Gate Restaurant.  It is such a small world.  We met Jack and Carla in Bushnell also and they are spending the summer in Shipshewana.  They are building a house in Centreville, right down the road from Larry and Teresa. 20160519_175735Dinner was excellent and we really enjoyed our visit.  Jack and Carla are some of the nicest people you will ever meet.20160519_17574920160521_154331There are very large farms everywhere.

Friday May 20, 2016

After I had a small melt down at Twin Lake RV Service, because the slide is still not fixed and we have been here for 5 days, we moved to a campground for the weekend.20160522_130224We got our home back.  It felt really good to have it back.

Saturday March 21, 201620160521_190024We checked in at RVillage and met some new friends.  They are from California and are traveling the US.  We learned so much from them in one evening.  It was great. David and Kathi.  Cliff got ready to show him his Indian name and he knew it before he ever saw the sign.  We hit it off right away.20160521_190035It is the weekend in the campground and there is golf cart parade.

Sunday March 22, 201620160522_085724I went for a walk around the campground and saw these beautiful wild flowers.20160522_08573720160522_090036The campground is on a small lake.20160522_09004420160522_172514This is Harry.  He rocks!20160522_182106Then they invited us to eat with them. Kathi made this wonderful dinner.20160522_182112Martha Stewart’s Fried Chicken20160522_182115And a wonderful pasta salad.  I provided the napkins.  My kind of meal.

 

Monday May 23, 2016

We were supposed to be camping today in Ludington, MI, instead we are still in Howe, IN waiting on DRV to get our slide fixed.  One of the warranty guys from the plant, a tech and our buddy Jay came by this afternoon and looked at it.  Jay said he will get us in his shop on Wednesday and hopefully get it fixed in one day.  We still have a few items that are not complete inside the 5th wheel.  So we are still here and not sure when we get to leave.

Until next time. Cheers!!

Nashville, TN

May 8 – 15, 2016

Home Sweet Home, well kind of.  Since we are full time RVers now, our home is on wheels. But Nashville will always feel like home.  We had a very busy week in Nashville.  Trying to fit in all the doctor visits, family visits and seeing as many friends as we could fit in.20160508_121552We set up camp at the marina where Cliff is still a member.  It is very convenient to everything.20160508_121540I did not take pictures of everyone we saw, but I sure enjoyed all of my visits.20160508_170412Cliff’s family had us over for dinner.  Love this group of people.  I could spend a lot of time with this bunch.20160508_170414We all hiked Mt. LeConte together in 2012.20160513_203941Then it was Friday night at the Moose Lodge for steak and visiting with a fun group of people.20160513_20400120160513_204005Two of my favorite people, Danny and Susan.20160514_161024Saturday evening, a small group threw us a reunion dinner.  Greatest friends in the world.20160514_16105020160514_161142This is inside the party dock at the marina.20160514_161204Cliff and Big O20160514_161730Ted and Ann20160514_161217Sweet Celeste, Chris, Ron and Sweet Ashley.20160514_173859Getting the table set.20160514_173930Some appetizers.20160514_174707A gift of bug spray for our camping trips.20160514_174735There is sweet Eve in the background.20160514_161156Even Samson came.20160514_174805Celeste and Deb20160514_185248And there is my very best friend, Sheila with Chris and Celeste.  Sheila is affectionately referred to as the “Invitor”.  So you know she was the one that pulled this whole thing together.  I miss that crazy girl.20160514_190836Grilled Salmon20160514_190911Beef tenderloin20160514_193008What a spread.20160514_193242Deb and Bridget hamming it up at the other end of the table.20160514_19540820160514_195452Ann and Nan in the middle with Chip.20160514_195945Chris and Herb.20160514_195748Sheila and Chip  Thank you to everyone.

We could not have asked for a better send off.  Until we meet again.

Sunday May 15, 201620160515_194126Left Nashville Sunday morning and spent the night at Cliff’s son’s house with Cliff’s triplet grandsons.20160515_194152Nick and Drew20160515_194141Chris with Pops.  Cannot Wait to see them again soon.  Such a wonderful family.

Well, we are off to Indiana to try to get this 5th wheel fixed.  We have been living with the living room slide half way out for 6 weeks.  Ready to get this slide fixed.

RV Dreams Educational Rally

May 1 – 8, 2016    Sevierville, TN

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We made it to River Plantation in Sevierville the day before the Rally was scheduled to begin.  We have been traveling from Florida for the month of April.  We did not have a chance to meet very many new people along the way, probably because we were sightseeing every day and not spending much time at home.

I was beginning to feel like we were not going to meet any new friends until we got back to Florida this fall.  Not long after we got set up, these ducks came by for a visit.20160501_140806One female and 2 males.  I think Susie was courting 2 fellas at the same time.20160501_14081020160501_140932She decided to become our friend.  How nice was that?20160501_14162220160501_141819And they decided to stay awhile.

Then Cliff decided to ride his bike around the park and see if anyone was out.  He was ready to meet some people.  He saw a couple walking around and he stopped to chat. He told them our site number and invited them to stop by.20160505_180958And they did.  Chris and Heike are attending the rally and don’t even have an RV yet.  Still doing their research.  Very smart!!20160505_180943And right across the street from us in Lisa and Todd.

So on our first day, we have met 2 couples that will be life long friends.  Lisa and Todd have a motorhome and are full time RVers.  I don’t know why I did not get a picture of their home. Sorry.   And of course, these photos were taken later in the week and not on day one.

Okay, so the week is really starting off Great.20160502_152410Howard and Linda of RV Dreams offer Educational seminars at various times of the year and in many locations.  Howard asked me to make a sign and make it colorful.  It gave me something to do twice a day.  This Rally was so informative.  I would encourage anyone that is RVing or even thinking about RVing in the future, to attend one of these Rally.  We learned a lot about Basic RV maintenance and safety.  He still has the tentative itinerary on their website, look for 2016 Spring Rally.20160504_142538It was not just fluff, it was serious safety stuff.  That is Trey in the photo.  He taught about weight and tires.  I learned so much, it was great.20160503_182404I also learned that you can put your bread and cheese in a reusable bag and put it in your toaster and make a grilled cheese sandwich. Wow.  Okay, some stuff was fluff.20160507_080645This is Howard teaching about Internet on the Road.20160504_113847We love the mountains.20160505_073633Everyone has pets.  This guy works at River Plantation.20160508_070407Look closely, this cat is on a leash. And Sheryl walks him everyday.20160506_110424

And then we met Dawn and Roger and now our small circle of close friends at Table 7 is complete.20160505_180950What a great time this small group had this week.20160505_181010And I can’t forget about John. He is a solo full time RVer.  He was our neighbor.

20160506_102705Then we learned about inflatable kayaks.20160506_10371520160506_104444I see one of these in their future.20160506_134332This is wine I want to get when we get to Traverse City, Michigan.  Dawn and Roger shared it with our little group one night.20160506_163020On Friday, RV Dreams gave us a free afternoon. So we decided to go to The Island in Pigeon Forge and have an early dinner at Paula Deen’s new restaurant with our friends from Ohio, Colorado and Michigan.  It was very good and a lot of food.20160506_163105The Island has a dancing water fountain to music.20160506_163242There is a Large Ferris wheel.  I did not get on it.20160506_171147And of course, if you are in East Tennessee you have to try the Free Moonshine tasting at Ole Smoky Moonshine.  With live Bluegrass music outside.20160506_165542And we did!  There were 11 different moonshines, a whiskey and baileys kind of drink.

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Leah was very sweet and Cliff gave her a kiss.20160507_124342Saturday was open house day.  Anyone could open their rig to visitors. Tracy and Lee really know how to organize. Their blog is Camper Chronicles.  They have a lot of good information on their blog too.20160507_165903The Rally is almost over, it is Saturday night, the day of the Kentucky Derby.  I had a lot of text messages from Nashville friends wondering why we were not in Nashville throwing the Derby Party.  I kind of miss that Derby Party, but this was a nice change.20160507_165908RV Dreams had it catered.  It was very nice.20160507_182828There were games.20160507_165929And Derby Hat contests.20160507_19362620160507_170048Lisa and Todd should have won.  Her hats were so creative.20160507_171449And we brought the Mint Juleps.

We had a great week.  Learned a lot and met some great friends.

Now we are off to Nashville for a week of doctor’s appointments, family and friends.  We can’t wait to see everyone again.

Cheers!!

East Tennessee

Saturday April 30, 2016

Well, it has been a week since our last post.  We have been busy.  Before we left Chocowinity, we went to Greeneville, NC to have lunch at Sam Jones BBQ.  2016-04-22 11.19.12It was listed in Garden and Gun Magazine as one of the top BBQ joints in the South.  It was some of the best BBQ I have ever had and I am from Western Kentucky.  So you know it was good.2016-04-22 11.15.532016-04-22 11.26.23The light fixtures were even pigs – flying!2016-04-22 11.19.19And there was a line for lunch at 1:30.

We left Chocowinity, NC on Saturday April 23, 2016 heading west on I-40.  We were traveling 237 miles to Lake Myers RV & Campground in Mocksville, NC. We like to travel between 200 – 250 miles a day.2016-04-23 14.57.062016-04-23 14.58.08We made it to Lake Myers RV park and almost did not make it to the site.  The roads in the park were so narrow, tight and steep, even the guy that led us to our site was impressed with Cliff’s driving.  He was surprised we missed some of those trees.  After we got set up, there was a parade of golf carts that came by to look.  Some even stopped and asked if they could come in and see our home.  Needless to say, we stayed one night and left the next morning.  Lesson learned – double check the reviews of each park before you arrive.

We headed to Cosby, TN on Sunday.2016-04-24 10.58.58The drive to and around Asheville was interesting.2016-04-24 14.20.07We arrived at Smoky Mountain Premier RV Resort in Cosby, TN.  This is a very nice park.  It is only 2 years old.  We met the owner, Kelly.  He was very nice and you could tell he was proud of his resort and is looking for ways to improve the experience for his guests.2016-04-26 16.29.09We had a great site.  Very level and wide.  We were right by the pavilion.

2016-04-24 19.30.38Our fist Real campfire since December in the panhandle. 2016-04-24 13.22.31We had lunch at Carver’s Applehouse Restaurant. It was a beautiful location overlooking the apple orchard.

One day we had lunch at Janice’s on Hwy 321.  It was a great meat and three.  If you are ever near Cosby, try them out.

We left Cosby on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. We only had to drive to Sevierville, TN.  This is my kind of drive.  It was a beautiful drive on Hwy 321 from Cosby to Gatlinburg.2016-04-26 12.50.292016-04-26 12.52.00Oh, how I love the Smoky Mountains.

2016-04-27 08.41.50We checked in at Riverside RV Park and Resort, site 47.  This is another beautiful park.  We are very close to the Knife Store, YEAH!2016-04-27 08.42.07The RV park is right on the Little Pigeon River.2016-04-27 17.45.532016-04-27 17.47.38We even had a bunny at our site.2016-04-28 14.08.43We even did a little fishing.  This is my kind of campground.  We will definitely come back to this park.

Friday, April 29, 2016  Road trip to Crossville to visit new friends we made in Bushnell at Blueberry Hill.2016-04-29 15.11.32Wanda and Lee Justice2016-04-29 15.11.36We had a wonderful visit.  Wanda was so sweet to make lunch, baked spaghetti and a CAKE called Pig Out Cake.  It was all wonderful.  It was so much fun to see them again.  The day went by too fast.  We can’t wait to see them in Florida this winter.2016-04-29 11.42.52They have a beautiful home in Crossville. They also took us a tour of Lake Tansi.  It was beautiful.  They had a lake house until they bought this house and still have a couple of vacant lots and are still members.  2016-04-29 11.42.43Behind that door in front of the truck is their beautiful motor coach.  Their property is a beautiful oasis.

2016-04-29 17.23.59Then on Saturday, April 30, 2016 we moved 6.4 miles to River Plantation RV Resort.  This is Really My kind of travel day.  20160430_163148We are all set up on Site 204.  We feel like we are back home.  This is the campground where we have spent the most time camping over the years.  It feels good to be back.

We are here for a week for the RV Dreams Spring Educational Rally.  Howard and Linda have been full timing for over 10 years.  We had the pleasure of meeting them for lunch in February with Ron and Linda Prater.  A Plus – Howard is a UofL fan and from Louisville. They both graduated from Western Kentucky University.  They gotta be good people.

We are looking forward to learning from them and the other 150 people that have signed up for this rally.

Thanks for following our blog.  C & L