Bob & Elsie's Adventures travel blog

Deer near our site in Staunton

Heron waiting for us in Staunton

Office at Around Pond

Swan in the grass

Beautiful Black Swan

The pond at Around Pond

Guinea Fowl at Around Pond

Bob made himself at home at the museum

Small portion of the quilts



Tie quilt memorial

Racoon Mountain


Cave creature

Our site in Sherling Lake Park

Lucy waiting to get on the road

After we left Staunton, VA we spent four nights at the Wytheville KOA in Wytheville, VA. The campground was very nice, it is under new ownership and many improvements are being made. There are three or four nice antique malls in the area so of course we had to check those out.

The next stop was in Baileyton, TN at the Around Pond Campground. We have stayed in many areas of Eastern Tennessee so we decided to stay somewhere we hadn’t been before. Baileyton is not near any points of interest so we spent most of the week hanging out at the campground, enjoying the peace and tranquility. Around Pond has five resident swans and more than a dozen guinea fowl; they were fun to watch. We did drive to nearby Greeneville one afternoon to go to the Nathanael Greene Museum where a month-long quilt show was taking place. The museum itself was very well done, lots of history in this area of Tennessee, the addition of the quilt show made it that much better, at least for me.

We spent a week at Raccoon Mountain Campground and Caverns in Chattanooga, TN. We have stayed in Chattanooga on a couple of other trips through the area but this was our first time at Raccoon Mountain. Raccoon Mountain is much closer to many of the tourist attractions in Chattanooga like Lookout Mountain, Rock City and Ruby Falls so it would be a good place to stay if you want to see those. We have been to many caverns in our travels but decided since this one was right at the campground we should see this one as well. We had a private guided tour of the caverns because we were there on an afternoon in the middle of the week. The young man giving the tour spent a lot of time explaining all about the cavern and its history. Also, he was familiar with the Gulf Shores area of Alabama and is planning to move there in the near future so we had a lot to talk about.

We made our usual stop in the Birmingham area for four nights and stayed at Birmingham South Campground in Pelham, AL where we have stayed many times over the last six years. Our friends Kip and Elsie, who we met a few years ago in Foley, live nearby so of course we visited with them. We had a lot of summer stories to share so that was good for a couple of evenings of laughter.

Our last stop before getting to our winter home is the Sherling Lake Park in Greenville, AL where we have stayed just three nights. We stayed here on our first trip south in 2008. It is a very nice campground, part of a large park that is managed by the City of Greenville. The weather has been wonderful, very warm and sunny for the last few weeks.

Tomorrow we will make a short trip to Foley where we can settle down for the winter. Summer travel is fun but it will be good to stay in one place for a while. We are looking forward to catching up with all our old friends and making new ones this winter.

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