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