March 8, 2018
Left the house at 8:10 and finally pulled the camper and towed the Focus out of the storage unit at 8:52 – Be With Us Lord! No big problems with traffic. Stopped around 12:30 for lunch at the Kentucky state line. Saw one of the huge white crosses along the interstate. Traffic got worse. Bumper-to-bumper in Nashville. And temperature was cooler. It got to a low of 27 degrees. We arrived at the KOA Nashville East around 4:45. Saw Bradford Pear trees and Magnolias blooming.
March 9, 2018
9:47 AM – BWUL! Sunny! Hooray!! Noticed some trees starting to green up. Daffodils and Red Bud trees blooming and we can see the Smokies! We arrived at Soaring Eagle campground at 1:30 (Now Eastern time – we learned Tennessee and Kentucky are cut in half by the time zones.
Made it to Dennis and Shirley’s with little trouble. I turned the GPS off just about a block too soon. They live in a subdivision where all the streets have the same name, just different street designations like Avenue, Court, Run, etc. and ended up going around the block. We went out to dinner at Aubrey’s and enjoyed good ribs and steak.
March 10, 2018
Dennis drove us around showing us the area and the took the time to explain about how this is where the Trail of Tears started and that all the neighborhoods are named after different tribes. We went to the Lost Sea Cave. An interesting place with an underground lake full of huge fish (trout) they are required to keep fed. The fish were put in as an experiment but after the experiment failed they had to continue to feed the fish. We saw evidence of previous inhabitants of the cave including some Civil War soldiers who left their marks. The nose piece broke from my glasses and we tried, unsuccessfully, to get them fixed that day. Ate a wonderful dinner at TENASI of just half-priced appetizers. As we parted, Shirley gave me a start of their grandfather’s Christmas Cactus. I hope I can keep it alive.
March 11, 2018
9:55 AM – BWUL – on the road again. Purchased gas. Saw a third one of those huge crosses by the interstate. Got into Georgia around 12:30 and only stopped for snacks on the road around 1 PM. Pulled into the Ponderosa campground at almost 5:30 PM. Went to visit Tom and Joy and also got to see Michael and Andrea and meet their lovely children.
March 12, 2018
Happy Birthday, Tom! We spent the day with Tom & Joy. We got my glasses fixed at the local Walmart and then went to the Warner Robins Museum. At lunch at a place called, “Your Pie” where you choose your dough, and then toppings and they make it for you. Was very good. Later we went to Lane’s and purchased some peach cider. Wow. Gotta get more of that! Unfortunately, when the boys went back, they were closed. We saw Joy’s amazing quilting set up. Visited until early evening and then went home to camper.
March 13, 2018
Tom and Joy dropped off a gallon of peach cider before we left! Hooray!!! Good thing, because somehow the water running through the Brita filter was HORRIBLE! We think it got some antifreeze in it somehow. Yuck! Started out again around 10 AM and around 11:15 we saw our first palm tree near Warwick, Georgia. Also, Paul saw an eagle on the highway. Hit the Florida state line 1:30 and 20 minutes later reached Triple C campground and had lunch.
Paul spent time pumping up the tires (the indicators said a couple were low). Thermometer says 69 but Siri says 57 but it’s sunny and feels great. Purchased new Brita filter. Dal and Barb Dodson and Pat and Dave Crow were at this campground so we sat with them for a while. Then spent a quiet evening with ME TV.
March 14, 2018
Pi Day. Steven Hawking dies. Sorry he didn’t believe in God. I found it ironic that a man who’s entire life was math and science should die on 3.14. Drove around with Pat & Dave and ended up at The Whip on Lake Tarquinius. Cool/cold evenings. Ran out of propane.
March 15, 2018
Visited the US Arsenal at Chattahoochee. What a cool building. A little close to the prison, but hey, whatever. Drove to the Torrey State park on the advice of the docent from the Arsenal and found that the historic house there (Gregory House) only gives 1 tour a day at it was hours past that. Saw the endangered Torreya tree. It was sunny and 72. Shared a bratwurst dinner with Pat & Dave and had a fire.
March 16, 2016
7:50 AM – BWUL – Left Chattahoochee and arrived at the Tallahassee fairgrounds about 9:15. There was LOTS of cussing (not really) and discussing (yeah, really) on where to park us. Finally landed. We are CLOSE together. Couldn’t get the camper level so we learned how to do it manually since it couldn’t do it automatically. Spent the rest of the day just chilling.
March 17, 2016
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Wearing our green. Went into St. Marks on the recommendation and company of friends and saw replicas of the Nina and the Pinta. Totally cool. At at the Riverside Cafe. Don’t ever go there. 90 minutes to get our food. Yes, we were warned but others came in after us and had already been served and were leaving before we got our average food. AND they charged us a 20% gratuity which some of the people disagreed with but were more or less “forced” to pay. We were going to go the St Marks lighthouse 30 miles away, but someone warned us that you couldn’t get to it due to construction so we just went back to the campers and sat around under a pop-up and talked.
March 18, 2016
8:35 AM – BWUL – Traveled to Jacksonville to see John. Saw a sign on the I-10 about 60 miles west of Jacksonville that indicated there were bears for the next 30 miles. Found out later they do have black bears in the area. 3 hours to Jax. Visited with John. Was surprised to see Jason! Took John to lunch at Denny’s. Went back to his trailer and visited for about another 30 minutes and then took off as we wanted to see Christina, too, and she was in a nearby hospital as Drs try to figure out why she’s in so much pain from her sleeve surgery. They have been successful in finding a pain killer that will work, but even semi-solid food hurts her. I took her Mom’s pink rosary and a pink hanging pot that Dad had made. I brought her a couple of pink glass flamingos but the pink and purple glass bird and bird bath didn’t make the trip so well. She’s going to try to glue it. Bummer. Drove back to camper. Picked up ice at Walmart and it was raining when we came out. Rained all evening.
March 19, 2016
Went with part of our group to the Tallahassee Car Museum. Some people hoard, others organize it and charge you $30 to see their stuff. He had a LOT of cars, and pianos, and phones, and knives, and other stuff. But a nice place. Had to get some Clariton for what appears to be some kind of allergy. I don’t normally have seasonal allergies but do here. It worked great. Was a quiet day the rest of the day and had root beer floats in the evening.
March 20, 2018
Did some housekeeping at the camper. Dishes, trash, emptied the grey tank. Discovered the hitch doesn’t fit into the receiver by about 1/8 inch! GRRRR. We rigged something to work for this time, but ended up at Lowes to get something better than tape to hold it into place. Will have to be fixed when we get home. We went to the “Flamingo Races” which actually turned out to be “Frog Races”. You’d have to see it to understand how they have these flat, wooden figures with a hole in the top that a rope goes through. You anchor one end of the rope and sit about 12 feet away with the other end of the rope. By a series of lifting the figure up and having it fall forward, it makes progress. And of course, the first one over the finish line, wins.
Entertainment for the evening was Liverpool Live, a Beatles-type band and they were good. Someone blew up beach balls and tossed them through the crowd.
March 21, 2018
Both North and South Carolina hosted hospitalities. Probably because they were the only 2 states that had couples in the running for King and Queen. At a hospitality, you get a snack and visit with other campers. Sometimes you get a trinket such as a can coozie or key chain or pen.
The entertainment this night was Ron and Kay Rivoli Review. Excellent entertainment. After the entertainment they started giving away door prizes and we won some TP and a TP holder which we will use at home.
March 22, 2018
Had to go grocery shopping at the Piggly Wiggly. Attended a seminar on full-time camping. Even if we don’t ever full-time, they had lots of good tips for travel in general. Things like, get more than one credit card with different numbers for him and her. Connect to a hot spot but NEVER bank on someone else’s WiFi. Never use a debit card. Wells Fargo offers a cardless cash at their ATMs. Insurance will cover a place to stay if your rolling home gets damaged. Budget in maintenance and reparis, tires, etc. Addendums should be on your insurance for full replacement PLUS contents. Ask what is premium adjustment cost. For personal protection, use wasp spray. Paul went to the Hard Hat Lunch and he said it was good. Dinner was provided that night as well and they handled the serving lines wonderfully. Entertainment for the evening was the FCRV Retiree Variety Show. Beth sang two patriotic songs and then led the group in singing “God Bless America” at the end. The show was, for the most part quite enjoyable.
March 23, 2018
Beth attended the ladies Red Hat Luncheon. Entertainment went for 90 minutes and was not all that great (Hawaiian dance instruction – if any of you have ever watched Friends, it was presented by Janice). Pasty rice, dry teriyaki chicken, bread (but no butter), somewhat frozen fruit and good pineapple upside down cupcakes. The afternoon had beach party games of volleyball, frisbee toss, a wet t-shirt contest (not what you think it is), funny photo, mini cups of ice cream. Entertainment for the evening was Tommy, Jo & the Kids. It was mediocre at best because the sound system was either too loud or non-existent. We won a second door prize: MORE TP! Are they trying to tell us something?
March 24, 2018
Flea market was held by the campers. If you have a hobby, craft, etc you want to try to sell, this is the time and place to do it. I am researching quick and easy ideas to participate next year. We played bean-bag baseball and even though Paul scored a home run, our team still lost. The King and Queen were elected from North Carolina.
March 25, 2018
There was a religious service and Beth sang in the choir. Louisiana hosted a hospitality to drum up more attendance at the Houma, Louisiana event next year which we will probably attend. They had a closing ceremony by state or group and we all dressed in red shirts and had noise makers.
March 26, 2018
Left the campground/fair grounds at 7:56 and went to Tanner Alabama. We got into Alabama at 8:53, made Alabama by 9:46 and hit a time change so I don’t have any idea what time it is. We stopped at a rest area for lunch at 1:00 (I think) and unplanned, several others of our group did as well. At 3:30 we arrived at the campground – wet and rainy day/evening. This was a new state for us to camp in.
March 27, 2018
8:00 Beth started out the day driving. at 8:30 we made Tennessee. by 10:35 we were in Kentucky. At 12:30 we were in Illinois with more rain. At 1:45 we pulled into Whittington Woods Campground near Rend Lake.
March 28, 2018
Since we hadn’t unhooked the car, it was easy to sleep in and quickly headed for home about 8:50. By 10:20 we hit the Missouri line and pulled up to the driveway about 11 AM.
Link to pictures coming soon. Have to be home to upload them.