Back in Maryville, Tennessee
May 19, 2010
Update: We are back in Maryville home station.
Since the last update we enjoyed a few more days of the Destin atmosphere, including another stop at "Jim and Nicks BBQ". The Catfish was just fantastic. We also had a chance to check out "The Doughnut Hole" for lunch one day with our cousins and their families who live in the area. Thank you Betty Jean for a wonderful lunch treat.
We managed to get in some more good beach time and ride our bikes around the park a few more times. Chris also took advantage of the shopping malls in the Destin area. We found some good deals on shoes and other goodies at these places.
We decided to leave Destin a few days early and make a side stop in Manchester, Tennessee on the way back. We took this side trip to visit with Chris's family and my family for a couple of days before shutting it all down in Maryville.
We departed Destin on Thursday May 13th and made Manchester KOA in about 9 hours and a little over 450 miles later. We had no problems and enjoyed the ride. Just a few spring showers along the route, but other than that it was event less.
Fuel prices got cheaper as we entered Alabama and higher as we entered the edge of Georgia and finally into Tennessee just south of Nashville. Diesel prices ranged from 2.93 to 3.09 along the route (I-65, I-59, I-24)...so, not so bad.
The KOA at Manchester was super but pricey. About 45.00 a night. But we had pool, wifi, cable and full hook ups. The sites were tight and no privacy. Everything was very clean and brite though and passed our inspection. I would rather stay in a state park, but we needed to be close to family on this run.
While we were in Manchester, we attended our nephew's 50th birthday party. Lots of good eating and fun was in order. Happy Birthday Eddie!!! Chri's Mom is doing as well as can be expected and we enjoyed our visit with her as usual. We also had a chance to visit with my Mom and my Sister while in the Manchester area. I am happy to report that Mom too is doing OK and enjoying things. That makes me happy!!! That is a blessing.
To make a long story short(er) we finally pulled up stakes and headed back to Maryville and arrived on Sunday afternoon 5/16. It sure was nice to finally put the Cougar and the Beast to bed for awhile. It is nice to come back home to the "BIG HOUSE" to recuperated from all this 'FUN" we are having.
I will post some pictures we took during our last few days in Destin, so please check those out.
In Dad's memory.....the Adventure continues..........
Archie, Chris and Chad the wonder dog!!